Open Denver council seats: Here are the candidates that have raised the most

10 candidates vie for Denver at-large council seat

Travis Leiker, left, and Sarah Parady have raised the most money among those running for the at-large Denver City Council seats. (Courtesy photos)

Five Denver City Council races have no incumbent in them this election cycle.

Three current members — at-large councilwomen Debbie Ortega and Robin Kniech and District 8 Councilman Chris Herndon — are ineligible to run again because they’ve served three terms.

And two council members that could have run again, District 7 Councilman Jolon Clark and District 4 Councilwoman Kendra Black, opted not to do so.

Multiple candidates have filed to run for each open seat. The municipal election is April 4.

Below are the candidates that have raised the most money in each race through Dec. 31. Fourth-quarter campaign finance reports were due last week. 

The figures do not include contributions from the city’s new “Fair Elections Fund,” which provides public matching funds at a 9-to-1 ratio for donations of $50 or less if candidates agree to certain conditions. Those matching funds can add significantly to a campaign’s war chest.

In races with numerous candidates, we have listed the top four in terms of amount raised.

At-large seats (two available)

Travis Leiker: $126,026 in 1,015 contributions

Leiker works for the University of Colorado system and is president of neighborhood group Capitol Hill United Neighbors.

Sarah Parady: $87,016 in 950 contributions

Parady is an attorney with Lowrey Parady Lebsack.

Tim Hoffman: $62,844 in 560 contributions

Hoffman is a deputy district attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Will Chan: $29,448 in 410 contributions

Chan is director of strategy and external affairs for the city’s economic development office, according to his LinkedIn.

District 4

Tony Pigford: $30,821 in 515 contributions

Pigford was the founding dean of students at The Boys School of Denver and formerly worked in Denver Public Schools, according to his LinkedIn.

Diana Romero Campbell: $3,007 in 40 contributions

Campbell is the chief executive officer of Scholars Unlimited, according to the nonprofit’s website.

District 7

Flor Alvidrez: $28,550 in 345 contributions

Alvidrez is a small business owner. She is also on the West Side Advancing Equity in Rezoning task force and a board member for the Latino Cultural Arts Center.

Adam Estroff: $17,934 in 275 contributions

Estroff works for the tech company Pax8 and served as president of YIMBY Denver, a nonprofit advocating for the development of more housing, according to his campaign website.

Nick Campion: $15,430 in 460 contributions

Campion is the chief executive officer of three software companies and a staff sergeant in the Colorado Air National Guard, according to his campaign website.

Guy Padgett: $12,028 in 185 contributions

Padgett works as director of operations for Wyoming news site WyoFile.com and formerly served as mayor of Casper, Wyoming, according to his LinkedIn. 

District 8

Brad Revare: $26,615 in 390 contributions

Revare is the director of Colorado Succeeds, according to his Linkedin. He also sits on the board of directors for Central Park United Neighbors and Impact East Colfax Committee. 

Leslie Twarogowski: $15,491 in 219 contributions

Twarogowski is the executive director of the Federal Boulevard Business Improvement District.

Shontel Lewis: $12,110 in 160 contributions

Lewis is the vice president of equity, inclusion and diversity at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and an elected board member of the Regional Transportation District, according to her Linkedin. 

Tyler Drum: $9,987 in 170 contributions

Drum is a fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center in Denver.

Correction: An initial version of this story mistakenly omitted Leslie Twarogowski from the list of top four District 8 candidates.

BusinessDen staff member Maia Luem contributed reporting.

10 candidates vie for Denver at-large council seat

Travis Leiker, left, and Sarah Parady have raised the most money among those running for the at-large Denver City Council seats. (Courtesy photos)

Five races have no incumbent this election cycle, including two at-large seats voted on by the entire city.

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