With more than six months until election day, three women have raised the most money from contributors in the race for Denver mayor while another candidate has loaned his campaign $250,000.
As of Sept. 30, former Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Brough had raised $129,445 across 463 contributions, according to campaign finance disclosures made available by the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
In the money race, Brough was followed by state Rep. Leslie Herod, who had raised $83,736 across 829 contributions, and City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega, with $49,077 across 375 contributions.
Candidate Andre Rougeot, a business owner, reported raising $274,674 across 63 contributions as of Sept. 30. Of that, $250,000 of that came in the form of a loan he made to his campaign.
Third-quarter campaign finance reports were due Monday.
As of Tuesday, 14 individuals had filed to run for mayor, according to the city’s website. More individuals could decide to run. Those that launched their candidacy this month — like Lisa Calderon, who placed third in the 2019 race — have not reported contribution figures because they didn’t campaign in the third quarter.
Candidates running for mayor can raise up to $1,000 per individual per election cycle, or up to $500 if they’re participating in the city’s “Fair Elections Fund,” a measure passed by voters in 2018 that provides public matching funds at a 9-to-1 ratio for donations of $50 or less.
As of Tuesday, all but three of the candidates have signed up to participate in the fund. They are eligible to receive up to $750,000 in public matching funds, on top of the cash and in-kind contributions.
Below is how much candidates reported raising as of Sept. 30; the totals don’t include any public matching funds. Find a spreadsheet showing individual contributions to the candidates here.
Kelly Brough: $129,445 in 463 contributions
Brough led the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2021, then worked as chief strategy officer for Metropolitan State University from December 2021 to August. Total includes $483 in in-kind contributions and no loans.
Leslie Herod: $83,736 in 829 contributions
Herod has represented a portion of Denver in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2017. Total includes $100 in in-kind contributions and no loans.
Debbie Ortega: $49,077 in 375 contributions
Ortega has been an at-large member of the Denver City Council since 2011. Total includes $950 in in-kind contributions and no loans.
Andre Rougeot: $274,674 in 63 contributions
Rougeot is an Army veteran who runs RG Maintenance, a company that fixes gates and keypads for self-storage facilities across Colorado, according to his website. Total includes $24,069 in monetary contributions, $604 in in-kind contributions and a $250,000 loan from Rougeout.
Ean Tafoya: $21,672 in 545 Contributions
Tafoya works for national nonprofit GreenLatinos, according to his LinkedIn. Total includes $761 in in-kind contributions and a $2,000 loan from Tafoya.
Thomas Wolf: $18,080 in 306 contributions
Wolf is a managing director with investing banking firm Crewe, according to his LinkedIn. Total includes no in-kind contributions or loans.
Terrance Roberts: $17,174 in 475 contributions
Roberts is a civil rights activist and former gang member who gained prominence as the central figure in the 2021 book “The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun And The Struggle To Save an American Neighborhood.” Total includes $821 in in-kind contributions and no loans.
Anna Burrell: $2,885 in 53 contributions
Burrell is the CEO of Twiggs & Co., a sustainability consulting firm, according to her LinkedIn. Total includes no in-kind contributions or loans.
Jesse Parris: $1,984 in 25 contributions
Parris is an activist who regularly comments at meetings of the Denver City Council. Total includes $149 in-kind contributions and no loans.
Lisa Calderon: No donations disclosed
Calderon runs Emerge Colorado, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. She previously worked as chief of staff to Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, and placed third in the 2019 mayoral race.
Marcus Giavanni: No donations disclosed
Aurelio Martinez: No donations disclosed
Ken Simpson: No donations disclosed
Alex Cowans: No donations disclosed
Rougeot, Giavanni and Simpson had not signed up to participate in the Fair Elections Fund as of Tuesday.