District of Sooke Council

Records reveal election spending and contributions

What Sooke council candidates spent in November municipal election

The general municipal election has been over for four months and the chosen councillors and mayor have taken their seats around the council table in Sooke.

Elections BC has released Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements for each of the local candidates. Some spent no money whatsoever on their campaigns while others spent a lot.

Running for mayor were Maja Tait, Herb Haldane and David Shebib.

Maja Tait received $23,884.49 in campaign contributions; $11,235.49 from individuals, $5,526.00 from corporations and $6,559.00 from unincorporated business/commercial operations, $520 from others and $44 in an anonymous donation. Tait spent $12,879.41 on her election campaign. She had 2,527 votes.

Herb Haldane received $11,943 in campaign contributions; $7,946.00 from individuals, $3,297.00 from corporations and $700 from unincorporated business/commercial organizations. Haldane spent $11,943 on his campaign for mayor. Haldane had 1,263 votes.

David Shebib spent nothing on his campaign and gathered 26 votes.

For council there were 10 candidates vying for a seat on District of Sooke council.

Brenda Parkinson received the most in campaign contributions, $5,424.10. Individuals gave $4,538.75, corporations $700 and unincorporated business/commercial organizations contributed $185.35. Parkinson spent $5,238.75 on campaign expenditures. Parkinson received 2,034 votes and won her place on Sooke council.

Rick Kasper received $2,582 in campaign contributions with $2,132.20 from individuals and $450 from corporations. He spent $2,582.20 for election expenses. Kasper retained his seat on council and  received 1,847 votes.

Jeff Bateman, who was not elected for council, received $1,695 in campaign contributions all from individuals with one anonymous contribution. His election expenses amounted to $2,088.34. Bateman received 1,783 votes.

Kerrie Reay funded her own election campaign at $1,270.94 and spend $1,266.54. She received 2,171 votes, thus retaining her council seat.

Kel Phair received $1,700 in campaign contributions with $450 coming from individuals, $1,250 from corporations. His expenses amounted to $1,947.53. Phair received 1,430 votes but did not win a council seat.

Ebony Logins received $1,900 in campaign contributions. She received $900 from individuals and $1,000 from non-profit organizations. Her total expenditures were $1,900. She received 2,116 votes and a council seat.

Bev Berger received $400 in campaign contributions from individuals and she spent $461.25 for her re-election campaign. She retained her council seat with 1,807 votes.

Kevin Pearson returned to the council table after receiving $300 in campaign contributions, $100 from individuals and $200 from corporations. He spent $700. Pearson received 1,870 votes.

Candidates Mark Whiteson received and spent nothing and gathered 1,031 votes. Justin Hanson received 1,029 votes and spent nothing and received nothing for his campaign.