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Canmore election finances continue to trickle in

Nearly half the Canmore election candidates during the 2021 municipal election have filed financial contributions with the deadline approaching.
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The Town of Canmore. RMO File photo.

CANMORE – Half the Canmore election candidates during the 2021 municipal election have filed financial contributions with the deadline approaching.

Mayor Sean Krausert, councillors Jeff Hilstad and Tanya Foubert and council candidates Vijay Domingo and Rob Seeley filed their financial documents before the March 1 due date.

Krausert led the way with $15,206 spent on the campaign, including $13,601 coming from donations and the remaining $1,605 from his own finances.

The largest donation came from Matt and Christine Hyink, who gave $2,000, while Gary and Kay Anderson, Ed Whittingham and Richard Daniel each gave $1,000.

Roughly $5,300 was used to advertise in newspapers and about $2,450 went toward signage. Graphic design, printing and postage each saw between $1,750 and $1,925 used as expenses.

Council candidate Vijay Domingo's expenses were $7,695, with $5,050 coming from contributions. He had four people donate $1,000 and the largest expense was $3,000 for signage, which included signage mounted on a vehicle parked at various areas of town.

Former two-term councillor Rob Seeley submitted $3,050 in campaign contributions, including $2,650 coming from donations. The largest contribution was $1,000 from Frank Kernick and the biggest expense went to newspaper advertising.

Newly elected Coun. Tanya Foubert had $2,700 in expenses that came from $2,350 in donations and the remainder was from her own money.

According to the financial statement, the biggest expenses are signage and stickers. Kernick donated the largest amount to her campaign at $1,000, while former council members John Borrowman and Esme Comfort also contributed $100 and $200, respectively.

Jeff Hilstad, who was re-elected for a second term, showed just under $4,200 in contributions, including $2,344 from his own funds. The largest expense was $2,325 to update signs and decals to reuse them from the 2017 election.

Mayoral candidate Jeff Laidlaw and elected councillor Jeff Mah were the first two to submit the campaign finance records.

All candidates, regardless of being self-funded or accepting contributions, are required to file a disclosure statement with the municipality.

Candidates are required to disclose the names and addresses of donors whose contributions exceed $50. Disclosure statements must be filed by March 1, 2022.