UPDATE: First campaign finance reports filed for 2019 city election


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John Pitchford, who's running for mayor after filing and then pulling out of the at-large City Council race, has filed a report showing he's raised $104,163 via a loan to himself.

So it seems Pitchford will have the resources to take on well-funded incumbent John Suthers.

—-ORIGINAL POST 8:39 A.M. SAT., FEB. 2, 2019—
The first campaign finance reports filed after the field of Colorado Springs City Council and mayoral candidates was set in late January suggests it could be a costly race, although many candidates didn't file reports by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Voters will choose three at-large candidates from a field of 11, and also select a mayor at the April 2 city election.

In addition, voters will decide whether to allow Springs firefighters the ability to collectively bargain with the city over pay, working conditions, equipment and benefits.

Firefighters for a Safer Colorado Springs the "vote yes" committee, raised only a few bucks in the last cycle, but had brought in $221,000 previously, spending all but about $12,000 on polling, petitioning and consulting.

The vote-no effort, launched by Mayor John Suthers and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in a Jan. 15 letter that pleaded for donations, is called Citizens Against Public Employee Unions.

The committee reported $37,450 in donations in the last week weeks of January. Big donors include Folium Biosciences, $25,000; Gaylord Smith and Gary Loo, $5,000 each, and Nunn Construction and its owner, $2,000.

Meanwhile, Suthers, seeking a second term, is way ahead of other candidates, having raised well over $100,000.

Juliette Parker, one of his three opponents, reported raising $250. Lawrence Martinez didn't file a report and John Pitchford's report shows him giving himself back money that he loaned for a council run, which he's backed out of.

In the race for the at-large City Council seats, former state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has raised $11,916, including $5,000 he loaned himself.

Terry Martinez, a longtime educator, has drawn $9,944 in contributions.

Athena Roe reports she's raised no money, while incumbents Tom Strand raised $2,451 and Bill Murray $1,100, of which $500 was a loan from the candidate.

No other candidates had filed reports by the end of business Feb. 1.


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