Lacombe releases 2017 campaign spending numbers

On his path to mayor of Lacombe, Grant Creasey outspent and out-fundraised his competition.

The recently released candidate statement declaration raised $22,908.81 during the 2017 municipal election campaign. Of that $17,250.07 was spent on campaign expenses.

Runner up Peter Bouwsema raised $7,300, contributed $7,257.76 and spent $14,557.76 on his campaign.

“I think it signifies there was some willingness on behalf of the business community to put me in here,” said Creasey. “The platform I stood on was obviously appealing to them.

“More than the money itself, it represents their commitment in seeing me here.”

The money was spent on campaign materials such as advertising, signs and literature.

In 2013, when Creasey ran but lost the mayor-ship to Steve Christie, he spent $16,887.44 on his campaign.

Half of the councillors who won the election were self funded. Thalia Hibbs, Don Gullekson and Reuben Konnik did not use donations for their campaign.

Cora Hoekstra spent $2,249.54, Jonathan Jacobson spent $3,326.93 and Chris Ross spent $1,955.15.

Combined, Lacombe mayor and council candidates spent $40,639.45 on the campaign.

Lacombe just released the revenue and expenditures of the candidates. Further disclosure regarding donations is pending after information of donors and candidates protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act is redacted.

The deadline for the filing of the disclosure statements was Thursday. The City of Red Deer said it would review the statements and have a report about candidates and donors generated by early April after redactions are taken into account.

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