Kempthorne spent most to keep mayoral post

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 13:00 27/12/2013

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Compared to their neighbours, Tasman mayoral candidates did not bust the bank to gain traction on the election campaign trail.

Electoral donation and expenses data showed top spender was past mayor and successful returnee Richard Kempthorne who parted with $15,832 to keep his place at the table and managed to attract $2121 in donations.

Kit Maling's bid for the top seat saw him spend $14,126, without attracting any donors, and close behind was Gary Watson who acknowledged spending $12,612. Interestingly he also declared earning exactly the same amount in campaign donations.

Richmond's Max Clark and Tasman's Steve Richards were more circumspect in their spending. Mr Clark parted with $4251 and received $502 in donations while Mr Richards recorded spending nothing on expenses and was donated $937.

Mayoral candidates aside, the 23 council hopefuls spent a combined $23,907 in their quests for a community role and between them attracted absolutely nothing at all in donations.

Top spenders included successful candidates Judene Edgar ($3794), Michael Higgins ($4007), Peter Canton ($2815) and Stuart Bryant ($2382).

At the other end of the spectrum Trevor Norris, Brian Ensor, Tim King, Barry Dowler, Zane Mirfin and Martine Bouillir, who all regained their respective seats declared spending zip on their campaigns. However Messrs Norris, Ensor and King stood unopposed in the Moutere-Waimea ward which was possibly why they declined to partake in advertising.

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