Donations play role for City Council candidates

D&SNG owner contributes $500 to all six people in race

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Dean Brookie is the biggest fundraiser in the race for the Durango City Council, raising 72 percent of his $4,668.41 campaign chest from donations of less than $20.

Some of Brookie’s bigger contributors include incumbent councilors Dick White and Sweetie Marbury, who are not up for re-election on April 2. White gave $100 and Marbury contributed $50.

Brookie, a local architect, also got $100 from Peter Schertz of Maria’s Bookshop and $25 from Joe Colgan, a former Durango mayor.

Al Harper, CEO of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, is the single biggest contributor of the campaign overall, donating $500 to each of the six candidates running for the three open seats on the council, according to the initial campaign-finance reports that were due March 12.

Christina Rinderle, the only incumbent in the race, reported going into the red by $158.68 because she raised $1,790 but spent $1,948.68.

People seem to be taking her campaign for granted, she said.

“I’ve been trying to raise campaign funds, but it’s harder,” Rinderle said. “(Mayor) Doug (Lyon) said the same thing the second time around. It’s harder to raise funds. People think, ‘Oh, you got it’ but you still have the same expenses.”

Charles Owens, manager of the Wells Group, where Rinderle is a Realtor, contributed $100 to her campaign. John and Shanan Wells, the owners of the Sorrel Sky Gallery, also gave $200 to Rinderle.

To help her campaign, Kristen Smith, an artist and server at Ska Brewery Co., has taken out a $4,000 loan, according to filings. Donors have contributed an additional $800.

Floyd Patterson, a roofing company owner and former member of the Durango 9-R School Board, has contributed $3,600 toward his own campaign. He also has gotten $600 in donations.

Keith Brant, owner of Durango Premier Vacation Rental, has raised $1,059.97, including a $100 contribution from Alpine Bank President Mike Burns. Brant has so far spent $967, including $207 on buttons and $750 on yard signs.

Jordan Golson, a technology journalist and writer for, has taken in $1,370, including $100 from Robin Goldstein, who is listed as general counsel for Apple in San Jose, Calif.

Of the six candidates, Golson has spent the most on Internet advertising, including $49 at Tumblr for a campaign website, $46 to advertise on Facebook and $55 to advertise on Google.

The next campaign-finance reports are due March 29.

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