Documents reveal cost of election for Kitimat candidates

Some candidates fared better than others in getting a return on votes per dollar spent in local election campaigns.

When it came to the race for Kitimat’s mayor chair, Phil Germuth’s ride to a win came too with higher spending than the other two candidates.

Germuth spent $8,559.99 in total in the campaign. Breaking down to how much that  meant per vote he received, with 1,828 votes it cost him approximately $4.70 per vote.

He was leagues ahead of two challengers in terms of return of votes per dollar spent. The incumbent challenger Joanne Monaghan spent $6,633, receiving 448 votes. That works out to nearly $15 per vote.

For Trish Parsons, she was just over $10 per vote with her $5,315 expenses and 530 votes.

Under campaign financing laws candidates must disclose their revenues and expenses for a campaign. Elections BC posted the information Monday.

Of course the dollar amount spent is only a part of a campaign and more money doesn’t naturally cause a higher vote count in favour.

That was certainly the case for the council campaign. Claire Rattée certainly wins the votes per dollar ratio, spending no money to receive 1,381 votes and a spot on council.

Edwin Empinado comes close, with $500 disclosed for expenses and receiving 1,966 votes — second best turnout behind Rob Goffinet — effectively spent about a quarter per vote.

Larry Walker’s campaign cost $1.24 per vote, spending $1,404, receiving 1,129 votes.

Rob Goffinet with his 1,997 votes spend $2,700. His disclosure forms include the expenses of road signs used from previous elections.

It was $1.85 per vote for Mary Murphy, spending $2,925.80, receiving 1,577 votes.

Mario Feldhoff’s campaign was the most expensive both in actual cost and the return on voters. He spent $3,700 on the campaign for 1,918 votes. That works out to $1.92 a vote.

Also disclosed was the spending by Unifor 2301, which spent $1,245 in total as a campaign sponsor in Kitimat and Terrace. The union had run advertising endorsing mayor candidate Phil Germuth and council candidate Rattée, and the Kitimat-specific expenses totals $796.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

<em>Black Press file photo </em>
Clare’s Corner: Yes, love is strange — and an addiction

A little bit of love to help get you through those Monday blues

Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School in Kitimat scored a 1.7 out of 10 on the Fraser Institute’s annual school report cards. This is the lowest the school has ever scored, where they usually average around a 5. (Black Press Media photo)
‘Developing a sense of belonging’: Kitimat high school unconcerned by Fraser Institute’s report card ranking

The Institute’s annual school report cards gave Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary a 1.7 out of 10

“We have to make a call out to address this now so our people don’t have to feel fearful,” said Tribal Chief Mina Holmes. (Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Facebook photo)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council seeks Indigenous-led task force in northern B.C. hospitals

Request made in an open letter to federal minister Carolyn Bennett

Ellis Ross (left), BC Liberal party, celebrated with his wife, Tracey after being named the preliminary winner of the 2020 snap provincial election.
Ross presumptive Skeena winner in snap B.C. election

Election outcome will not be official until mail-in ballots are counted

Voting has officially closed throughout B.C. for the 2020 snap provincial election. (Clare Rayment)
Map of Skeena polling stations

Watch the updates on the map below as polling stations are counted throughout Skeena riding

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Wilkinson stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader

Will stay on until the next party leader is chosen

Harvesters participating in the extended commercial halibut season will need to land their catch in either Prince Rupert (pictured), Vancouver, or Port Hardy by Dec. 14. (File photo)
B.C.’s commercial halibut season extended three weeks

COVID-19 market disruptions at the root of DFO’s decision

VicPD and B.C. Conservation Officer Service teamed up to free two bucks who were entangled in a fishing net and dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them. (VicPD)
VIDEO: Police, B.C. Conservation help two bucks caught in one fishing net

Bucks were also dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them

A heavy police presence was spotted in Lumby, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Facebook)
Police situation leads to ‘hold and secure’ at North Okanagan school

Police call for social media blackout in ongoing incident

Most Read