More than $40,000 flowed into former Attorney General John Suthers' mayoral campaign after he captured 47 percent of the vote in the April 7 city election, bringing his fundraising total to roughly $400,000.
Former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, who received 23 percent of the vote to qualify for the two-person May 19 runoff election, raised $11,321 in the same period. That brings her total raised to about a quarter of Suthers', according to the latest round of campaign finance reports.
Most of Suthers' money came from those who've already given to his campaign, though there were a few new donors, including Nor'wood Development Group owner David Jenkins, who gave $2,500. Colorado Springs Forward's political action committee added $2,500 during the last reporting period, bringing its total to $7,500 ("PAC attack," News, April 29).
Suthers spent $121,815 in the last 30 days, mostly on radio and television ads, including a radio spot featuring El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who drew 11 percent in the mayoral race. His finance report also shows the campaign spent $2,136 for his election night watch party, a fancy soirée with lots of tables loaded with food, at The Mining Exchange hotel.
Suthers had $20,282 in cash on hand as of Friday.
Makepeace's biggest donations came from Haselden Construction of Centennial and Linda Wagner of Colorado Springs, who gave $1,000 each, and Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Boulder, who gave $500. Her biggest expense, $4,100, was for consultants. She has $9,103 in cash on hand.
In other campaign developments, an optimistic Makepeace campaign issued a news release saying former City Councilor Jan Martin, who left office last month under term limits, had volunteered to lead Makepeace's transition team "when [Makepeace is] elected mayor."
"We need leadership, not a lawyer," Makepeace says in the release, "and as your new leader, I am already beginning to gather a team of experienced, respected leaders to bring our city to where it needs to be — the 21st century."
In 2011, more people voted in the mayoral runoff than in the April election — 99,306, compared to 90,558. This April, only 88,966 people voted.
If you plan to vote, you must turn in your ballot by 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19. If you haven't received a ballot but believe you qualify to vote, call the City Clerk's Office at 385-5901, option 4. For more, see coloradosprings.gov.