The numbers from November’s municipal election show Mayor Lee Brain raised, and spent, more than any other candidate seeking election.
According to filings posted by Elections BC, Brain took in $23,719.16 in campaign contributions and spent it all in his bid for the mayor’s office. Included in that income was $22,332.98 from individuals while $4,300 came from corporate donors.
Challenge Sheila Gordon-Payne, who finished fourth in the mayoral race with 411 votes, was second among all candidates after taking in and spending $14,600.23 comprised in part by $7,850.23 from individuals and $6,100 from corporate donors. Challenger Tony Briglio received and spent $7,717.30 in contributions, composed in part of $1,617.03 in individuals and $6,100 in corporate donations while incumbent Mayor Jack Mussallem spent the least of all candidates running for mayor with contributions totaling $1,549.52 and expenses totaling $2,817.67.
Blair Mirau took in and spent the most of all council candidates, receiving and spending $5,735.63 composed in part by $4,235 from individuals and $1,500.63 in corporate donations. Other candidate expenses ranged from a high of Ray Pedersen’s self-financed $4,283.92 unsuccessful campaign to a low of no contributions or expenses claimed by successful candidate Nelson Kinney and former councillor Gina Garon.
Full statements from the candidates in the Prince Rupert municipal election, including large contributors, can be found on the Elections BC website.