Running for election shouldn’t be an arms race with the prize going to the candidate who spends the most.
The provisional campaign expense limit for the office of Regional Councillor, calculated by the Town Clerk taking into account the number of electors, is an eye-watering $52,166.50.
I learn I can spend up to $16,098 of my own money.
I have no intention of spending anything close to these stratospheric amounts. My campaign will be light and nimble and frugal. And honest.
The cost of each Vegh vote
I expect to spend a fraction of Tom Vegh’s campaign budget which will be padded out by fat cheques from developers.
In 2018 Vegh’s campaign income totalled $49,489.
His expenses came in at $45,846.
And he got 8,570 votes.
Each vote cost him $5.34
Vegh spent $8,590 on advertising; $25,358 on brochures and flyers and $11,472 on signs which were absolutely everywhere. The Town looked as if it had measles.
But, interestingly, he spent nothing on hosting meetings. No surprises there. Tom Vegh is a man of few words.
In 2018 the voter turnout was a less than stellar 34.7%.
Here is the result last time:
Tom Vegh: 8,570
Chris Emanuel: 7,952
Joan Stonehocker: 2,688