Abbotsford mayor’s campaign cost just $3,500

Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman managed to win his seat at the head of the council table with a frugal budget of just $3,500, according to the campaign disclosure documents he filed at city hall.

Banman’s total election expenses are miniscule in comparison with previous mayors. In 2008, George Peary spent $46,850 on his way to the mayor’s chair, more than 13 times Banman’s total, and in 2005 George Ferguson’s successful campaign cost $38,735.

The deadline for all 2011 municipal candidates to hand in their paperwork is still two months away (March 19) and to date, seven – two mayoral, three council and two for school trustee – have filed.

Banman’s small budget included $3,277 worth of contributions.

Most of his funding came from individual contributors including Hilda Epp ($500), Kent Smith ($400), Suki Dhami ($250), Kenyon Clarke ($250), Simpson Leung ($200), Ray Anderson ($200) and Casey Smit ($150). There were also six individuals, including former city engineer Ed Regts, who contributed $100 each.

Banman also received a corporate donation of $250 from Greenland Nursery.

The mayor spent $1,503 on advertising and $1,965 on signs, flyers and pamphlets.

The only other mayoral candidate to file expenses so far is Travis Daleman, who spent $489 on his campaign.

On the other end of the financial scale, new Coun. Henry Braun spent just over $32,000, most of which was his own money.

Braun received just $2,400 from seven contributors, including $500 donations from Matsqui Ag Repair Ltd., Darryl Horton, EverBloom Nurseries and Quantum Properties; $200 from Jack Robertson and $100 from Sid Bos and Ed Regts.

Braun spent $12,272 on advertising and $18,920 on signs, flyers and pamphlets.

Unsuccessful council candidates Kevin Chapman and Dave Derkson spent $6,125 and $471 respectively.

School trustee candidates Aeriol Alderking ($2,182) and Graham MacDonell ($0) were unsuccessful in their election bids.

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