Low-budget election race for Langford mayoral seat

Where Saanich’s mayoral race cost $60,000 and Colwood’s came in at about $13,600, Langford’s top seat didn’t cost a dime.

  • Mar. 22, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Where Saanich’s mayoral race cost $60,000 and Colwood’s came in at about $13,600, Langford’s top seat didn’t cost a dime.

Stew Young, now on his 20th year and seventh term as Langford’s mayor, didn’t accept any donations or spend any money on advertising or flyers, according to his election expenses report released this week.

“I don’t accept donations, I’ve never taken any,” Young said. “I use the signs from 20 years ago.”

Young’s frugal opponent Chris Johnson also didn’t spend any money on his low-key campaign.

The top spender of the four West Shore election races was Shari Lukens, who shelled out $14,000 and raised $17,000 ($8,500 of her own money), and successfully earned a seat at Colwood council. Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton spent nearly $3,700 less than her main rival, former councillor Brian Tucknott.

Candidates such as Colwood councillor Gordie Logan and failed View Royal mayoral candidate Andrew Britton found financial backing from labour unions.

Full civic election expense documents are available at respective municipal halls.



Election spending – Nov. 19, 2011 election


Mayor race:

Carol Hamilton*

Contributions: $4,709

Expenses: $4,522

Jason Nault

Contributions: $1,040

Expenses: $915

Brian Tucknott

Contributions: $7,446,

Expenses: $8,215


Council race:

Cynthia Day*

Expenses: $756

Contributions: $756

Judith Cullington*

Contributions: $2,232

Expenses: $4,465

Teresa Harvey*

Contributions: $350

Expenses $1,516

Gordie Logan*

Contributions: $3,350

Expenses: $2,875

Shari Lukens*

Contributions: $17,142

Expenses: $14,037

Rob Martin*

Contributions: $450;

Expenses: $3,152

Duane MacNeill

Contributions: $0

Expenses: $2,560

Richard McKay

Contributions: $4,046

Expenses: $3,840

Ernie Robertson

Contributions $1599

Expenses $1,513

William (Bill) Wagner

Contributions: $4,046

Expenses: $3,826



No election. Mayor and council acclaimed.



Mayor race:

Christopher Johnson


Stew Young*



Council race:

Denise Blackwell*

Contributions: $3,578

Expenses: $3,554

Grant McLachlan

Contributions: $2,042

Expenses: $1,757

Matt Sahlstrom*

Contributions: $3,708

Expenses: $3,335

Winnie Sifert*

Contributions: $3,778

Expenses: $3,358

Lanny Seaton*

Contributions: $3,359

Expenses: $2,867

Lillian Szpak*

Contributions: $4,108

Expenses: $3,440

Roger Wade*

Contributions: $3,755

Expenses: $3,677



Mayor race:

Ed Cooper

Contributions: $945

Expenses: $842

John Ranns*

Contributions: $1,122

Expenses: $1,122


Council race:

Bob Gramigna*

Contributions: $500

Expenses: $494

Kyara Kahakauwila

Contributions: $1,660

Expenses: $1,655

Dani Horgan


Moralea Milne*

Contributions: $0

Expenses: $537

Jo Mitchell*

Contributions: $0

Expenses: $652

Larry Tremblay*

Contributions: $1,615

Expenses: $3,373

Karen Watson

Contributions: $500

Expenses: $468

Terrence Wilson

Contributions: $645

Expenses: $581


View Royal

Mayor race:

Andrew Britton

Contributions: $6,000

Expenses: $5,744

Barbara Bishop Fetherstonhaugh

Contributions: $1,903

Expenses: $1,903

Graham Hill*

Contributions: $6,173

Expenses: $6,173


Council race:

Ron Mattson*

Contributions: $450

Expenses: $761

Heidi Rast*

Contributions: $1,444

Expenses: $1,444

John Rogers*

Contributions: $2,289

Expenses: $2,284

Frank Rudge

Contributions: $4,985

Expenses: $5,207

David Screech*

Contributions: $1,428

Expenses: $1,313

Brian Watters

Contributions: $1,089

Expenses: $1,089


(* elected)


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