Top spender doesn’t win election

Janice Brown spent one-fifth as much as her competitor in the race for Spallumcheen mayor.

Janice Brown spent one-fifth as much as her competitor in the race for Spallumcheen mayor.

Financial documents from Elections B.C. show that Brown claimed expenses of $839.23, all from her own pocket, in the November municipal election.

Her challenger, Will Hansma, spent nearly $5,000, receiving contributions of $2,000 each from corporations in Surrey and West Kelowna, and put in $1,000 of his own money.

“I basically knew I had the backing of my supporters so I went door-to-door to the new people and some of the nay-sayers,” said Brown, adding that most of the money she spent went to updating her previous signs.

Five incumbent Spallumcheen councillors sought re-election (and were voted back in) with Christine Fraser spending the most at $739.29, all of her own money. Joe Van Tienhoven spent $120 and Ed Hanoski spent $75.71 with each receiving no contributions.

Incumbents Andrew Casson and Todd York did not spend a dime.

Christine Lemaire, who beat out Linda Griffin for the available council seat, spent $120 of her own money. Griffin claimed no expenses.

In neighbouring Armstrong, Mayor Chris Pieper had no election expenses as he was re-elected by acclamation.

Three incumbent councillors retained their seats. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan spent $800, Shirley Fowler claimed expenses of $425.22 and Paul Britton spent no money.

Of the three new councillors elected,

Steven Drapala spent $456.31, Linda Werner spent $82.88 and Lance McGregor did not spend any money.

Five other candidates seeking a seat all claimed expenses, led by Robert Thibeau ($878.81), followed by Gil Melin ($497.21), Helen Jackson ($315 which included a $200 donation from an individual), Dave McKechnie ($249) and Kerry Bennington ($142.52).