City Council candidate Michael Merrifield turned an act of vandalism into a fundraising opportunity.
A couple of days after someone painted a mustache and goatee over Merrifield’s face on a campaign billboard along Colorado Avenue, Merrifield issued a fundraising challenge via e-mail and Facebook.
Merrifield, who is running against Lisa Czelatdko in District 3, promised to grow a real mustache and goatee if he collected $1,000 before March 16.
Only five days after issuing the challenge, he had raised more than $2,000.
“I got a two day growth as we speak,” he said this morning.
“I guess people think I look really good with a goatee and mustache,” he said.
Merrifield, who has been bald for about 35 years, said it doesn’t take him very long to grow facial hair.
“I think that’s the trade-off for not being able to grow it on your head. You grow it faster on your face,” he said. “It’ll be noticeable within a week.”
Merrifield has a single concern about the new look, though.
“The last time I had one, which was years ago, even then, it was pretty much white,” he said.
Merrifield said he plans to keep the facial hair at least until April 6.
“I’ll see how it looks on the day after the election, No. 1,” he said. “No. 2, I have to see what my girlfriend thinks about it. She has the final say.”