Election 2021: Schlachter tops Littleton candidates in fundraising

Incumbent councilmembers outraised by their challengers

Robert Tann
rtann@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/26/21

Kyle Schlachter, who is running for Littleton mayor in the upcoming election, is outraising his two rivals, Jon Buck and Carol Fey, as well as all other city council candidates by thousands of …

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Election 2021: Schlachter tops Littleton candidates in fundraising

Incumbent councilmembers outraised by their challengers

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Kyle Schlachter, who is running for Littleton mayor in the upcoming election, is outraising his two rivals, Jon Buck and Carol Fey, as well as all other city council candidates by thousands of dollars, according to recent finance filings.

He and another candidate for a different council seat are also both outraising their incumbent opponents.

Candidates for Littleton City Council and mayor filed their first-round reports of campaign donations and expenditures with the city clerk recently.

Schlachter reported $10,990 in contributions, the majority of which came from Littleton residents, and just over $1,800 in spending, leaving him with more than $9,000 ahead of the mail-ballot election, which runs from early October through Nov. 2. Ballots will be mailed starting Oct. 8.

The mayoral hopeful has raised more than six times that of current Councilmember Carol Fey, who is also running for mayor.

Fey reported raising $1,650 and spending $2,976, leaving her in the red ahead of Election Day.

Buck, the other mayoral candidate, raised $225, with no spending.

November's election will be the first in which Littleton voters will directly choose their mayor, as opposed to the position being appointed by councilmembers, as it has in the past.

Along with mayor, three other seats are open this election: District 1, District 3 and an at-large seat.

At-large candidates, elected citywide, drew the second-most funding after mayor, with Gretchen Rydin topping her opponent Krista Kafer with $8,616 in contributions. Kafer reported $7,282.48.

District 3 candidate Stephen Barr raised $4,506 while his opponent, Paul Bingham, reported no contributions, though he did report $480 in spending.

District 1 candidate Patrick Driscoll, an incumbent, saw his challenger Candice Ferguson outraise him by $560. Driscoll reported $780 in contributions while Ferguson reported $1,340.

Kafer was the only candidate who had a majority of her funding come from those who live outside Littleton. Of 33 separate donations made to Kafer's campaign, just seven, or 21%, were from Littleton residents.

Schlachter received notable contributions from Littleton community members involved in education, health and public service.

Contributors included Robert Reichardt, president of the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education; Lisa Edwards, vice president of student affairs at Arapahoe Community College; Bebe Kleinman, CEO of Doctors Care; and Susan Thornton, a former Littleton mayor.

Thornton also contributed to Barr and Rydin's campaigns and Reichardt contributed to Barr, Rydin and Ferguson's campaigns.

Below is a list of all contributions and expenditures as reported by candidates:

Mayor

• Jon Buck

Raised: $225

Spent: $0

• Carol Fey

Raised: $1,650

Spent: $2,976

• Kyle Schlachter

Raised: $10,990

Spent: $1,824.24

District 1

• Patrick Driscoll

Raised: $780

Spent: $0

• Candice Ferguson

Raised: $1,340

Spent: $395.31

District 3

• Stephen Barr

Raised: $4,506

Spent: $3,053.29

• Paul Bingham

Raised: $0

Spent: $480

At-large

• Krista Kafer

Raised: $7,282.48

Spent: 1,449.41

• Gretchen Rydin

Raised: $8,616.00

Spent: $4,388.48

The complete filings for all candidate finances can be viewed on the City of Littleton's website.

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