Look for the monied influencers in El Paso County politics in coming weeks to flood incumbent Republican Bill Elder’s campaign with contributions after his challenger in the sheriff’s race, retired Air Force Col. Mike Angley, amassed more than twice as much money for the reporting period ending May 31.
The Republican nominee will be decided at the June 26 primary election.
Most of Angley’s money, however, has come from loans from himself and guaranteed by his wife, Evelyn. Loans comprised $135,000 of his total raised of $154,414.
Angley tells the Indy he considers the loans an investment in the community and those serving in the Sheriff’s Office.
Angley has refused to accept campaign donations from currently serving sheriff’s personnel.
Angley’s largest donors include his campaign manager, Jeanette Reid, $1,072; John Holt, a defense contractor, $2,200, Andrew Ceroni, with Harris Corp., $1,500, and Laura Shepherd with the Army, $2,000. He’s received 101 donations.
Elder, who didn’t face an opponent in the primary or general election in 2014, raised $60,858. His largest donors include the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association, $5,000 each; Daniel Monks of RE Monks Construction, David Jenkins of Nor’wood Development Group and James Johnson of GE Johnson Construction, $2,500 each, and Kevin O’Neil of O’Neil Group, $2,000. Elder has received 136 donations.
Elder also has received $4,000 from currently serving sheriff’s personnel.
Angley has spent $125,118, including about $45,500 on direct mail and $58,000 on ad buys by an agency. Television ads have popped up in recent days.
Elder’s largest spending has been on radio ads, $15,000; $1,900 on the Lincoln Day Dinner; $1,500 on buses used at the Republican County Assembly, and about $3,300 on signs.
In the Republican race in County Commission District 5, which covers a good part of the city:
Cami Bremer has raised $48,955 and spent $22,617, leaving her with $26,339 on hand.
Vicki Tonkins has raised $16,083, spent $9,346 and has $6,737 on hand.
In the Republican race in County Commission District 1, which covers the north sector:
Calandra Vargas brought in $18,329, spent $15,463 and has $2,866 on hand. Holly Williams raised $20,200, spent $16,982 and has $3,218 on hand.
In the Democratic race for Clerk and Recorder, Jonathan Herrera raised no money, and Elizabeth Wilkes brought in $693 and spent $452.
The next reports are due June 22, four days before the primary election.