TRURO – Candidate expenses filed for last fall’s provincial election show that Liberal Karen Casey spent the most of all candidates in the ridings involving Truro and Colchester County.
Provincial election expense figures put Liberal Karen Casey as top spender within Colchester region
Casey, who won the riding of Colchester North with 5,005 votes, spent a total of $68,905.79. Of that amount, $22,915 was listed as having come from individual contributions.
Within the same riding, Progressive Conservative John K. MacDonald, who received 2,167 votes, spent a total of $58,912.24. A total of $14,170 of that amount is listed as having come from individual contributions.
NDP candidate Jim Wyatt recorded a total spending amount of $20,227.74, of which $1,950 came from individual contributions. Wyatt received 1,040 votes.
In the riding of Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, successful NDP candidate Lenore Zann was the top spender at $63,996.14.
Zann, who garnered 3,165 votes, listed individual contributions at $18,340.
Progress Conservative candidate Charles Cox was the second highest spender in his riding with a total of $35,245.54. Cox, who received 2,470 votes, listed total individual contributions at $20,475.
Liberal candidate Barry Mellish, meanwhile, listed total expenses of $32,159.09. Mellish, who had individual contributions totalling $7,865, received 2,682 votes.
In the riding of Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, incumbent MLA Gary Burrill, who was unsuccessful in trying for a second term for the NDP, was the highest-spending candidate at $46,657.34.
Burrill, who registered individual contributions of $15,720, received a total vote count of 2,293.
The second-highest spender in the riding was successful Progressive Conservative candidate Larry Harrison at $38,800.75.
Harrison, who received a total of 3,304 votes, listed his individual contributions at $12,063.10.
Liberal Tom Martin registered his election expenses at $25,055.80. Martin, who received 2,220 votes, showed individual contributions totalling $7,430.