Reina, city close to settlement |

Reina, city close to settlement

Collin Smith
Francisco Reina

Attorneys for the city of Craig and local resident Francisco Reina are close to reaching an out-of-court settlement, according to paperwork filed in Moffat County District Court.

Reina, who ran for City Council in April, filed a civil suit against the city June 16, after it elected to prosecute him for spending more of his own money on his campaign than the city charter’s $500 limit.

His legal team, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, claimed the charter provision breaches a 1976 Supreme Court decision that states government cannot limit a person’s personal financial contributions to his or her own campaign.

To do so violates the right to free speech, the ACLU stated.

City Attorney Kenny Wohl dropped the city’s case against Reina on June 17 in municipal court.

The District Court case has continued since then. Reina’s lawyers have said they want to make sure the city cannot prosecute anyone else for exceeding the spending limit.

The city originally had until July 6 to file its answer to Reina’s complaint, but lawyers for the two parties agreed to push the deadline back until Monday to try and reach a settlement.

When Monday came and went, attorneys filed for a second extension, this one until Friday, and again cited ongoing negotiations as the reason.

Court records state the city and Reina’s team have “negotiated a settlement in principle,” but they need a few extra days to finalize the language.

Attorneys for both sides have declined to discuss the settlement’s specifics until it is complete.

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