BC election laws require municipal election candidates to disclose donors and spending. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Elections BC publishes Nelson candidate expenses from October vote

Mayoral candidates John Dooley and Janice Morrison were the top spenders

The biggest spender in the October municipal election in Nelson was John Dooley.

In his unsuccessful bid for re-election as mayor, Dooley raised donations of $13,750 and spent $14,094 on his campaign.

Candidates are required by B.C.’s Elections Act to disclose how much they spend on their campaigns as well as the identity of their donors and the amount of each donation. Elections BC made this public information available for all candidates in the province this week.

Dooley’s disclosure lists 25 donors, including $1,000 donations from Kimberly Pang, Scott Weatherford, Mario DiBella, Joseph Huber, and Ken Kalesnikoff. Anders Malpass contributed $1,250.

Janice Morrison, who beat Dooley by 647 votes, raised $7,280 in contributions and spent $8,131.

Morrison’s public disclosure statement lists 18 donors, the highest contributions being from Gurjut and Ramneet Brar ($500), John Morrison ($500), and Janice Morrison ($1,250).

John Buffery, who came in only 18 votes behind Dooley, raised $2,250 and spent $5,459. His disclosure lists a total of two donors: Baldface Lodge ($1,250) and Terry Maglio ($1,000).

Mayoral candidates Tom Prior and Mike Zeabin listed no donors. Prior spent $2,000 and Zeabin $2,616.69.

In the council race, among the newly elected councillors, Leslie Payne spent $2,459.93, and Kate Tate $1,382.15. The third newcomer, Jesse Pineiro, spent nothing.

Among the incumbent councillors, all of whom were re-elected, Keith Page spent $83.70, Rik Logtenberg $378, and Jesse Woodward $322.47.

Expense amounts for the unsuccessful council candidates were Ainsleah Hastings, $120; Brenton Raby, $43.42; Glenn Sutherland, $289.54; and Kyle Wilkinson, $0.


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