A developer is the source of City Council candidate Angela Dougan‘s first campaign contribution.
Gary Erickson, a longtime residential and commercial developer, contributed $2,000 to Dougan’s campaign Nov. 16, according to Dougan’s latest report of campaign contributions and expenditures.
Erickson was at the center of a controversial proposal to declare about 200 acres of undeveloped land on the north side of the city as — I’m not kidding here — an urban renewal site.
The council signed off on the urban renewal designation in May.
“The city next will negotiate an economic development agreement with Erickson that council members said will contain two key conditions,” business reporter Rich Laden reported back then.
“Copper Ridge must attract its first anchor store by 2015 and its second by 2018, while the city will conduct a financial review before the Powers’ bonds are issued. If those conditions aren’t met, Copper Ridge will lose its urban renewal status,” according to the story.
Dougan is running for District 2, which — no surprise here – is the northeast quadrant of the city.
She has received only one other donation since filing papers to run for the District 2 seat, which is being vacated by newly elected county Commissioner Darryl Glenn.
Joseph Woodford, who is retired, gave Dougan $1,000 on Nov. 19.
Today is the deadline for mayoral and council candidates to file campaign reports, so expect a story later on gazette.com and in tomorrow’s Gazette.
The group that championed the successful November ballot initiative to switch to a strong-mayor form of government is also required to submit a campaign report today. The group raised close to, if not more than, $1 million, but it still hasn’t filed its report with the City Clerk’s Office.
Dougan, a 46-year-old mother and wife, has spent $744 so far, including $500 to Colorado Springs-based Bo Consulting for campaign consulting and $100 to Super Fine Designs on South 8th Street for a logo design, according to Dougan’s campaign report.
The only other City Council candidate, Brandy Williams, hasn’t received any campaign contributions – or spent any money – since she filed her declaration of candidacy Nov. 4, according to her latest report.
Williams, a civil engineer, is running for an at-large council seat.