White Rock Coalition spends $100,000 on election

White Rock Coalition spends $100,000 on election

Financial disclosure statements for candidates in last fall's municipal election were made public Monday.

White Rock Coalition spent nearly $100,000 to win four of six council seats in the November election, according to campaign disclosure statements released Monday.

The expense period covers money spent from Jan. 1 to Nov. 15, 2014.

White Rock’s mayor, Wayne Baldwin spent $10,950 to get re-elected, while his challenger, David Bradshaw, spent $6,786.23 on his run at the mayor’s chair.

Six candidates ran for councillor seats under the WRC banner: Cliff Annable, Doug Hart, Megan Knight, Bill Lawrence, Grant Meyer and Lynne Sinclair. Knight, Lawrence, Meyer and Sinclair were elected.

Of the $99,312.57 listed for the coalition under total expenditures (which includes $12,000 in cheques returned to three developers, costs related to a Dec. 3 thank-you party and landfill charges for the disposal of campaign signs), $46,082.11 was spent on advertising.

Successful independent Couns. Helen Fathers and David Chesney spent $3,779 and $5,010, respectively.

Of the individual councillor candidates, Dennis Lypka spent the most on his campaign, at $10,670, followed by successful WRC Couns. Grant Meyer ($10,310) and Megan Knight ($9,725).

Baldwin’s total includes $6,054.74 on advertising. The largest donation ($2,500) to his campaign came from former councillor Stewart Peddemors, followed by $1,500 from Avra Development Corp.

The bulk of funds donated to Bradshaw’s campaign came from Bradshaw himself, including $4,000 from his company, DWB Workers’ Advocacy Inc. He spent $2,507.50 on advertising.

The largest contributor’s to the coalition’s campaign was developer Forge Properties Inc., at $6,500; Oviedo Homes Ltd. gave $5,000, as did Lawrence and Annable.

By law, all people and electoral organizations participating in the 2014 civic election had until last Friday (Feb. 13) to file the financial information.

The information was made public on the Elections BC website Monday (contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/LESearch.aspx).