Romer leads fundraising pack in Denver mayor’s race

Former state Sen. Chris Romer hauled in the most money in March, enough to push him across the $1 million mark in the race to be Denver’s next mayor.

With a reported $282,036 in receipts, Romer raised nearly twice as much as his nearest competitor and also reported nearly twice the cash-on-hand of any candidate with a month to go until the May 3 election.

Councilwoman Carol Boigon had the next-highest fundraising and cash-on-hand totals for the reporting period. She raised just over $150,000 in the month, followed by Councilman Michael Hancock, with nearly $140,000 and former Parks and Recreation director James Mejia with just short of $130,000. Councilman Doug Linkhart took in $46,000 this period and Theresa Spahn raised $15,000. The other four candidates on the ballot didn’t report any contributions by the April 5 deadline.

Totals reported to the Denver Elections Division for the fundraising period ending March 31:

•Boigon raised $152,016 for a total of $567,068, including a $100,000 loan from the candidate, and had $232,578 on hand.

•Hancock raised $139,140 for a total of $581,984, had $140,683 on hand.

•Linkhart raised $46,357.00 for a total of $144,364, including a $20,000 loan from the candidate, and had $55,787 on hand.

•Mejia raised $129,046 for a total of $439,457, had $135,402 on hand.

•Romer raised $282,036 for a total of $1,014,488, had $493,343 on hand.

•Spahn raised $15,500 for a total of $110,094, had $22,970 on hand.

—?Ernest Luning