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Lots of money left at end of Santa Fe mayoral campaign


SANTA FE – One day before today’s municipal election in what has already been the most expensive campaign in city history, the five candidates hoping to be Santa Fe’s next mayor collectively still had nearly $73,000 left to spend, according to finance statements filed Monday.

And that’s not counting another $20,500 two political committees supporting the only publicly financed candidate in the race had left in the bank.

On the eve of the election, candidates and political committees reported they had spent $474,000 on the mayor’s race.

Entrepreneur and author Alan Webber continued to break fundraising records by collecting another $6,492 during the reporting period that ended Sunday and lasted less than a week. Ellen Libert, identified as a self-employed admissions consultant from Dover, Mass., gave $2,500, and Santa Fe businessman Gerald Peters contributed $2,000.

Altogether, Webber’s campaign has raised more than $311,000, counting cash and in-kind contributions. He had more than $32,500 left to spend as of Monday. Television ads, possibly unprecedented in a Santa Fe mayoral campaign, are airing for Webber.

School board member Kate Noble raised $5,868 in the last week, for a total $113,276. She spent more than $24,000 during the reporting period.

City Councilor Joseph Maestas raised more than $5,500 during the reporting period, bringing his total to $53,855. Maestas, who gave his campaign a personal loan of $10,000, had $9,522 left in the bank. Fellow city councillor Peter Ives didn’t raise any money since Feb. 27 and spent nearly all he had left. Ives has reported spending $19,277 and reported having $909 left to spend.

The only mayoral candidate who qualified for the $60,000 available under the city’s public campaign finance program, Ron Trujillo, has $11,910 of that left in his war chest after spending just $512 in the last week.

Trujillo has three political committees supporting him, but none were very active. But People for Santa Fe, which received most of its funding from the soda industry, still reported having $9,913 on hand, and the Luciano “Lucky” Varela for New Mexico PAC, which has endorsed Trujillo, still had $10,599.

A fourth political committee has emerged. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club PAC reported spending $1,025. Notably, the Sierra Club chapter officially endorsed Webber but its executive committee is chaired by former Santa Fe mayor David Coss, who is Noble’s campaign chairman.