Nakusp municipal election race a frugal affair

Documents show only one councillor spent any money to attract votes

Money didn’t make much difference when it came to results in October’s municipal election in Nakusp.

Official documents show the winner of the race for the mayor’s chair spent a little over half what the losing candidate did.

Candidates for positions in municipalities across the province have filed their spending returns, which were released Feb. 5 by Elections BC.

In Nakusp, Mayor Tom Zeleznik’s disclosure shows he spent $658.58 on his campaign, while contender Bob Lafleur spent $1,154.98.

However, Lafleur was crushed at the polls by Zeleznik, who won with 84 per cent of the vote compared to Lafleur’s 16 per cent.

Spending a few bucks did pay off for Susan Desandoli. She came in first in the council race for the $72.81 she paid out of her own pocket.

None of the other nine candidates for the four council positions spent any money at all.

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