Vernon mayor tops candidate spending list in 2022 municipal election

Cumming a big spender

Victor Cumming spent more than $15,000 in his successful quest to retain the mayor's chair in the 2022 municipal election.

Cumming led the spending of all Vernon candidates with expenditures of $15,529. Of that, he received $13,150 in campaign contributions.

All of the donations came from individuals, including a newly elected member of council.

Mary Ann Reid and Emilia Gazsity were Cumming's biggest financial supporters with donations of $1,250 each.

Former Vernon mayor, Rob Sawatzky, threw his financial support behind Cumming with a $1,200 contribution while former councillor Juliette Cunningham chipped in $200 for Cumming's re-election bid.

Brian Guy, who was elected to council for the first time in October, donated $1,000 to the mayor's campaign.

Guy also spent $9,258 on his own election campaign.

Jenelle Brewer had the second-highest expenditures of $11,094.45 in a failed bid to secure a seat on council.

Scott Anderson, who served two terms as a city councillor before making his run for mayor, shelled out $9,394 in an unsuccessful run for the mayor's job.

Akbal Mund, who was re-elected to his second term on council, and hopefuls Ed Stranks, Patrick Vance and Andy Wylie spent nothing on their campaigns.

Mayoral candidate Erik Olesen did not file disclosure statements by the Jan. 13 deadline.

For the complete list of Vernon candidates, click here.

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