Campaign contributions light in Vancouver mayoral race

first_imgCampaigning for mayor of Vancouver can get expensive, but this year’s race is so far shaping up as one of the cheaper contests in recent memory.With the primary election looming Tuesday, City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle leads the pack in fundraising with $22,830.15 in campaign contributions.Candidate Adam Hamide isn’t far behind with $15,250 but so far has only two contributors: himself and Kurt Naumer. Hamide, co-owner of Main Street Marijuana, wrote himself a check for $15,000.In total, about $50,000 in contributions has been reported by the mayoral candidates, but that pales in comparison to the past two mayoral elections. In 2009, current mayor Tim Leavitt defeated Royce Pollard in the most expensive race in Vancouver history, with Leavitt raising roughly $172,000 to Pollard’s $140,000.In 2013, things slipped some, but Leavitt still raised more than $104,000 in his re-election bid against City Councilor Bill Turlay, who raised almost $24,000.City Councilor Jack Burkman says it’s still early, considering it’s before the primary, but the amount of money the candidates raise depends on the candidates.“It really depends on how strong the competition is,” Burkman said. “When the two people have a good track record with the city, the race will be more expensive.”last_img

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