Council candidates tallied $60,000 in contributions

Ten candidates for the Grand Junction City Council raised a combined $60,340 for the April 2 municipal election.

“There were more contributions than in years past,” said City Clerk Stephanie Tuin.

Final candidate filings were logged with the city May 2.

Phyllis Norris raised the most money with $17,003, while Harry Butler opted not to raise a dime. Both were elected.

Marty Chazen and Rick Brainard, who both were elected, each raised the next highest amounts — a little more than $11,000 a piece.

Former Councilors Laura Luke and Tom Kenyon largely funded their own campaigns, to the tune of a combined $9,700.

The Grand Junction Professional Firefighters donated $2,560 to endorse Tom Kenyon, Marty Chazen, Richard Noble and Rick Brainard. A group opposed to industrial zoning for the Brady Trucking property, Concerned Citizens for Downtown Riverfront Zoning, raised $638. A nonprofit arm of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, the Western Colorado Business Alliance, rallied in support of industrial zoning for Brady’s land but did not file reports with the city. The group said it does not specifically advocate for the issue and so does not legally have to report.


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