The women running for city council have outraised the men in all three races in the city, according to information from the candidates’ campaign contribution and expenditures report for Oct. 28, 2012 through Oct. 10, 2013.
In Ward 3, Shakti has raised $7,012.58 (plus $799.80 in non-monetary contribution) to Dan Smith’s $1,060. Shakti spent $6,568.64 through Oct. 10, and Smith spent $568.55.
In Ward 4, Betty Boyd has raised $17,376 to incumbent David Wiechman’s $10,777.53 (including $1,352.53 that he had at the beginning of the reporting period). Boyd has spent $14,289.96 through Oct. 10, and Wiechman has spent $9,366.26.
In Ward 5, Karen Harrison has raised $5,277.39 to Michael “Gunner” Gunstanson’s $1,098.99. As of Oct. 10 Harrison has spent $3,014.53 and Gunstanson has spent $556.03.
Shakti, Boyd and Harrison all received $250 donations from the REALTOR® Candidate Political Action Committee (PAC). The PAC is run by the Colorado Association of Realtors and candidates get support based on their records, responses to specific questions, and their philosophy and approach to business and REALTOR® issues, according to information available on the Colorado Association of Relators website.
Shakti, Boyd and Harrison all donated to each other’s campaigns.
There are familiar names on many of the contribution lists. Former mayor Steve Burkholder donated money to Shakti, Boyd and Harrison’s campaigns.
Shakti received donations from Jeffco School Board President Lesley Dahlkemper, school board candidate Jeff Lamontagne and Jeffco commissioner Casey Tighe. Rep. Max Tyler also donated to her campaign, as did councilmembers Cindy Baroway, Karen Kellen, Sue King and Tom Quinn.
Smith received a donation from John Bandimere Jr., president of Bandimere Speedway, and Amy Attwood, who ran for the house of representatives in 2012.
Boyd also received a donation from Dahlkemper and Tyler, as well as Sen. Evie Hudak. She received a donation from Mag Strittmatter, executive director for the Action Center. Mayor Bob Murphy and Baroway, Kellen, King and Quinn all donated.
Rick Enstrom, who ran for Tyler’s house seat, made a donation to Wiechman’s campaign.
City council members like Diana Wilson, Cindy Baroway, Tom Quinn and Wiechman all donated to Harrison’s campaign.
Most of the candidates expenditures were for items like yard signs and direct mail, with the exception of Boyd, who spent about $2,800 on yard signs and direct mailings, about $2,300 on postage and about $5,700 in campaign manager stipends to her daughter Kristen Boyd.
For more campaign information, visit http://lakewood.org/City_Clerk/Elections/Elections.aspx.