DELTA - Mayor Lois Jackson and her slate had by far the most cash at their disposal in last November's municipal election.
Jackson, who won a fifth term as mayor, campaigned with successful Delta council incumbents Robert Campbell, Ian Paton and Scott Hamilton on the Delta Independent Voters Association (DIVA) ticket. They received $109,000 in contributions and recorded $93,358 in expenses, leaving a surplus of just over $15,600.
DIVA recently submitted its campaign financial disclosure statement to municipal hall and that information is now available for public viewing.
Each candidate, elector organization and campaign organizer in a local government election is required to submit to the municipal clerk a campaign financing statement within 120 days of the election. Most who ran in the November election in Delta have now done so.
The DIVA slate, which had $84,000 in contributions and $67,000 in expenses in the 2008 election, was clearly the financial juggernaut in the 2011 campaign.
Some of the big contributors were Ron Toigo's Shato Holdings ($5,000), Millennium Pacific Greenhouse owner Shirvan Bakhtiyari ($6,000), Don Sangster ($4,000), Westwood Ridge Development Corp. ($5,000), Westshore Terminals ($3,000), Harvie Road Investments ($5,000), Daihu Investments ($5,000) and Highmark Homes ($2,000).
Some of the other major contributors included Alpha Aviation ($6,000), which received a long-term lease extension to run Boundary Bay Airport; Davis and Company ($4,000), the outside legal firm used by council; Environment Organics ($4,000), the East Ladner turf and composting business that received a contract to take municipal green waste; Talisman Homes ($1,000), which is involved with the Tsawwassen Springs housing development; and Keywest Asphalt ($5,000), which last year received major paving contracts from Delta.
DIVA spent over $22,600 in ads, over $11,600 in signs and pamphlets, $18,000 in campaign office expenses and $6,100 in courier services and postage.
Jackson easily retained the mayor's seat with 43.17 per cent of the popular vote, while the rest of her slate was also re-elected.
Longtime councillor Krista Engelland finished second in the mayor's race with 26.47 per cent, while Heather King received 22.98 per cent. John Meech was a distant fourth with 7.39 per cent.
Jackson won every poll in North Delta and Ladner, while Engelland topped every Tsawwassen poll.
Engelland also recently submitted her campaign financial statement. She had $25,224 in contributions and $85 left after expenses.
She personally donated almost $4,000 to her campaign. Her other biggest contributors were Westshore Terminals ($1,000), Millennium Pacific Greenhouses ($5,000) and Great Pacific Capital Corp. ($1,000). She also received $700 from the TriDelta Voters Association, that listed anti-port expansion activist Roger Emsley as part of that donation.
She also received contributions in the hundreds of dollars from residents and activists Susan Jones, Anne Murray and Greg Hoover.
Engelland, who campaigned under the One Delta Civic Association banner, spent over $4,700 in advertising, $9,300 on signs and pamphlets, and $5,000 in courier services and postage.
The first to submit her financial statement, King, who failed to win a single poll, listed her contributions at $70,274. After expenses, she had $38 remaining.
Meech, who documented his campaign finances on his own website, had $9,629 in both contributions and expenses. He was the biggest contributor to his campaign, providing $7,200.
Successful council candidates Bruce McDonald and Jeannie Kanakos, who ran along with Delta school board poll topper Laura Dixon, listed their contributions at just over $32,400 and expenses at $30,300.
Some of their big contributors were Ken Kayan ($1,900), EnviroSmart Organics ($2,000), Alpha Aviation ($1,000), Delta Container Ltd. Partnership ($2,000) and Ron Toigo's various companies ($4,000).
Elected for the first time to council, Sylvia Bishop had just over $28,800 in contributions and $27,400 in expenses.
She gave over $4,500 to her own campaign, but also received several big donations from CUPE.
As far as the others who were elected to the Delta school board, Dale Saip, Simon Truelove and Nick Kanakos ran under the Responsible Academic and Education Leadership (REAL) banner. They had just over $9,700 in contributions and about $6 remaining after expenses. Incumbent Brenda Bennett Schneider was also on the REAL slate but wasn't returned.
Elected for the first time, Val Windsor had $1,400 in contributions but $4,957 in expenses.
Fabian Milat, who ran for both council and school board but was only re-elected to the school board, had $8,951 in contributions and just over $7,000 in expenses. He was the biggest contributor to his campaign, giving $5,200.
Elected for the first time, Donna Burke had $2,910 in contributions and $2,874 in expenses. She was the biggest contributor at just over $2,200.
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