AURORA VOTES: Mayor, Richardson, Roth top fundraising report

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AURORA | Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan’s lack of an opponent this election hasn’t kept him from raising more money than any other municipal candidate.

Five of 10 council seats are open, and candidates have raised over $320,000 in campaign contributions, with Hogan’s share making up more than a third of that number.

Hogan received over $100,000 in campaign contributions according to an Oct. 13 campaign financing report.  He received the largest chunk of those contributions from members of the  Mitzner family, totaling $22,500.

Ira Mitzner is the CEO of RIDA Development Corp., the Houston-based developer that will build the 1,500-room Gaylord hotel, set to open near Denver International Airport in 2015.

Hogan also burned the most money of any candidate, with more than $47,000 spent on advertising and $35,000 spent on educating voters about ballot measure 2J.

The measure, if approved, would repeal an ordinance that prevents Aurora from giving economic incentives to motor sports facilities, such as a NASCAR-style speedway.

Hogan also comes away with the most cash on hand so far at around $23,000. That’s due in part to the fact that he had a little over $20,000 on hand at the beginning of the city’s campaign reporting period.

Hogan’s six-digit fundraising haul also tallied more than the reported campaign contributions for all four at-large candidates combined: Bob LeGare ($36,716), Debi Hunter Holen ($31,691.75), Angela Lawson ($6,204.74), and Maya Wheeler ($4,977.01).

Hogan received over $100,000 in campaign contributions according to an Oct. 13 campaign financing report.  He received the largest chunk of those contributions from members of the  Mitzner family, totaling $22,500.

The second-highest total for an Aurora candidate was another veteran of City Hall, former city attorney and current Ward IV candidate Charlie Richardson.

Richardson reported $41,880 in campaign contributions. Richardson is running against newcomer Joe Lewis for that seat. Lewis has reported $3,036 in campaign contributions in the race to replace term-limited Ward IV Councilwoman Molly Markert.

Closely behind Richardson in terms of fundraising totals is incumbent Ward V Councilman Bob Roth. Roth garnered $41,360 in campaign contributions for his re-election bid. He is facing first-time candidates Cheri McElhiney (who reported $100 in campaign contributions) and Livia Payne, who has not filed a campaign finance report yet.

Francoise Bergan, the first-time Republican candidate running to replace term-limited councilman Bob Broom, has amassed the highest fundraising total to date for Ward VI, garnering $24,000 in campaign contributions. Bergan is up against independent candidate Brian Arnold, who reported raising $5,027.50 for his campaign, and Democratic candidate PK Kaiser, who reported $13,265 in fundraising.

The second-highest total for an Aurora candidate was another veteran of City Hall, former city attorney and current Ward IV candidate Charlie Richardson.

One of the most-expensive items across the board for council candidates leading up to this year’s race was mailing and postage costs, where nearly $37,000 was spent among the candidates, some of those contributions being in-kind.

An array of individuals, businesses and groups — many with a stake in city decision-making — contributed to candidates leading up to the Nov. 3 municipal election.

The Metro Housing Coalition, combined with its political action committee entity, gave the most to city council candidates across the board at $12,000. The organization donated to the campaigns for Hogan, Richardson, Roth, LeGare, Hunter Holen and Bergan this election cycle.

Prominent Republican donor and billionaire developer/philanthropist Larry Mizel also shelled out more than $7, 000 amidst select city council candidates for the same campaigns.

Michael Sheldon, a lawyer and well-known Aurora developer, also donated nearly $5,000 to various city council campaigns. He donated campaign dollars to Hogan, Richardson, Roth, LeGare, Bergan, Lawson and Lewis.

Unlike Denver City Council races, where there is a maximum contribution allowed in a cycle, Aurora municipal elections have no campaign contribution limits.

City Council candidates have two more reports to file for this election cycle. The next report will be filed on Oct. 30, and the  final report is due on Dec. 3.

Aurora City Council campaign contributions

Steve Hogan (Mayor): $111,760

Charlie Richardson (Ward IV): $41,880

Bob Roth (Ward V): $41,360

Bob LeGare (at-large):  $36,716

Debi Hunter Holen
(at-large):
$31,691.75

Francoise Bergan (Ward VI): $24,010

PK Kaiser (Ward VI): $13,265

Angela Lawson (at-large): $6,204.74

Brian Arnold (Ward VI): $5,027.50

Maya Wheeler (at-large): $4,977.01

Joe Lewis (Ward IV): $3,036

Cheri McElhiney (Ward V): $100

Livia Payne (Ward V): no campaign finance report

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Aldo Elmnight
Aldo Elmnight
7 years ago

So Hogan got campaign contributions in a race where he is running unopposed?

Fed up
Fed up
7 years ago
Reply to  Aldo Elmnight

yep!

Fed up
Fed up
7 years ago

personally i voted for the new blood not the old establishment

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Martha Cavender
7 years ago
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Aaron D
Aaron D
7 years ago

Hogan’s largest contributor is the CEO of the company building his pet project, Gaylord. No, that’s not suspicious at all.
“Thanks Steve, here’s some cash for your unopposed re-election.”