Mayor Mark McKee led the way in campaign spending in last fall’s election, putting forward more than $2,100 of his own money in his successful run for mayor.
The local campaign finance reports were released by Elections BC on Monday. They show that campaigns were largely self-financed, but with many candidates receiving small donations from supporters.
Candidates are required to declare their election expenses, all donations of $100 or more, as well as the total amounts of donations of less than $100.
Here’s a breakdown of each candidate’s financing and expenses:
— Mayor Mark McKee’s campaign was entirely self-funded. He spent $2,162.28 on advertising, brochures, pamphlets and signs.
— David Raven spent $1,925.11 on his campaign, which he declared came from surplus funding from previous elections.
— Michael Brooks-Hill contributed $400 of his own money to his campaign and received donations from Virginia Thompson, Christy Shaw, and Frederick Brooks-Hill. He spent $1,113.16 on his campaign.
— Connie Brothers spent $1,755.75 on her campaign. She received donations from Laura Tomulka, Sean Kinghan, Julia Sievwright, Mike Lokopoulus and Peter Bernacki; and one anonymous donation of $250. She spent $870 of her on money.
— Steve Bender spent $470.66 of his own money on his campaign.
— George Buhler received donations from Scott and Brett Renaud, and Demico Investments. He spent $466.25 on his unsuccessful campaign.
— Scott Duke received a donation from Else Landers, and an anonymous donation of $300. He spent $1,382.52 to get elected.
— Trevor English received donations from The Cube Hotel and Jacobson Ford. He spent $345.43 to get elected.
— Chuck Ferguson’s unsuccessful campaign cost $1,195.92. He received 12 small contributions.
— Chris Johnston spent $311.44 of his own money on his failed campaign to get re-elected.
— Linda Nixon’s $538.33 campaign was financed by her husband Garth.
— Aaron Orlando spent $472.69 on his campaign, which he self-financed.
— Karen Powers spent $356.95 on her campaign. Her only significant donation came from Stefania Morrison.
— Gary Starling spent $236.25 in his attempt to get re-elected. He received one donation from Bill Straga.
— Gary Sulz’s $1,070 campaign was financed by contributions by Jennifer Corson, Deb Thibeault, Scott Sulz and his own money.