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Donna Billy fails to disclose campaign spending

Unsuccessful candidates' expenditures range from $0 to over $5,000

If council candidate Donna Billy fails to declare how much she raised and spent on her unsuccessful election campaign by Wednesday (April 15), she will be barred from municipal elections until 2011.

The 24 candidates in last fall's municipal election had until March 16 to file campaign disclosure documents, revealing how much money they raised and how much they spent.

Billy must pay a $500 fine for missing the original deadline but according to the Local Government Act, she has 30 days to file her disclosure statements before legal action is taken.

A district staff report states that Billy has been requested to file her papers to avoid further penalty. If she fails to meet the extended deadline, Billy would be disqualified from being nominated, elected or holding office for local government until after 2011.

Billy was among 12 candidates who did not receive enough votes for a spot on council. Billy received 1,299 votes.

The rest of the candidates' reports were filed on time, and each shed light on where their support based is derived. Winning candidates expenses were previously reported in The Chief.

Defeated incumbent Mike Jenson, who lost his seat on council by 85 votes, outspent all other unsuccessful candidates with $5,354 - translating to about $3.19 per vote. Jenson's corporate sponsors included Oakview Holdings ($500), Stellar Enterprises ($100), Cambie House ($100), Caleb Enterprises ($100) and Ryan Insurance ($100).

The other defeated incumbent candidate, Jeff McKenzie, spent $1,896 on his campaign for a total of 1,474 votes or $1.28 per. Mackenzie also received backing from Oakview Holdings ($250), Cardinal Construction ($500) and Cambie House ($100).

Catherine Jackson spent $4,965.82 on the campaign trail with $2,335.82 coming out her pocket for a total of 1,614 votes or $2.90 per vote. Jackson's contributors included Brackendale Art Gallery ($120) and Pheasant Run Enterprises Inc. ($125) and Southwood Holdings ($200).

Larry McLennan spent $2,551.58 with $1,951 coming out of his pocket for a total of $2.551.58 for 730 votes. He did not have corporate sponsors.

The youngest candidate to run, 21-year-old David Clarkson, spent $3,866.35 on his campaign for a total of 1,219 votes - translating to $3.17 per vote. Clarkson spent $616.35 of his own money and received notable labour backing, with CUPE BC donating $1,000, CUPE National $1,000, and CUPE 2269 donating $250.

Alan Forsyth received 636 votes but spent $2,044 on his unsuccessful campaign, $994 out of his own pocket. He received a corporate contribution from Westmana for $500, and total donations of $1,050.

Other candidates chose to finance their campaigns entirely out of pocket. Kenneth Perry spent $764 for 293 votes, John McIllwraith spent $900 for 112 votes, Ron Bahm $100 for 144 votes, and Jorli Ricker $621.82 for 451 votes. Deb McBride spent nothing on her campaign and received 277 votes.

Mayor candidate Terrill Patterson didn't spend anything for his unsuccessful bid but received 735 votes.

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