Challengers rake in money for campaigns
A few Grand Junction City Council candidates have raised eye-opening sums of money for their campaigns.
Combined, the 10 council candidates have raised more than $53,000.
The three contenders who have brought in the most money are Phyllis Norris at $15,953, Marty Chazen at $10,739 and Rick Brainard at $9,453.
“There’s been more campaign expenditures than I’ve seen in the past,” City Clerk Stephanie Tuin said.
The contributions were collected between Jan. 2 and March 7.
Of note, current City Councilor Sam Susuras has contributed $400 each to Norris, Brainard and Chazen and $200 to candidate Duncan McArthur. Susuras did not contribute to the campaigns of incumbents Laura Luke, Tom Kenyon and Bill Pitts.
Kenyon has raised $6,100, Luke has raised $4,123 and Pitts has raised $1,724. Bonnie Beckstein has raised $1,650, Robert Noble has raised $1,127 and Harry Butler has not yet raised any contributions.
Kenyon contributed $5,650 out of his own pocket to his campaign. Brainard has contributed $3,728 to his own campaign and Luke has contributed $3,973 of her own money.
Other contributions include $500 each from Doug or Jamee Simons to Chazen, Brainard and Norris. Tom LaCroix gave $1,000 to Brainard, $500 to Chazen and $100 to Norris. Denny Granum donated $500 to Chazen and $300 to Norris. Doug Simons, La Croix and Granum all are past or current members of the Grand Junction Airport Authority.
Pitts, who is running on a platform to reform airport management, received some campaign contributions from general aviation pilots at the airport. General aviation tenants have complained about a security fence and the leasing arrangements of hangars as being prohibitive to business. Those contributions include $100 from Bill Marvel and $250 from Dave Shepard.
McArthur’s campaign, meanwhile, has received $100 from Norris, $100 from Marty Chazen’s wife, Jeanne, and $200 from Susuras’s wife, Lois Dunn. McArthur has contributed $515 to his own campaign.
The races are Kenyon and Norris in District A, Beckstein, Chazen and Luke in District D, Butler, McArthur and Noble in District E and Brainard and Pitts for the at-large seat. The municipal election is April 2.