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Former Kelowna mayor Basran topped successor Dyas in election spending

Cannan spent the most in councillor campaign at nearly $30K
Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas during 2023 budget deliberations Dec. 8. (Photo/City of Kelowna)

Elections BC documents show Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas spent $5,000 less than Colin Basran in winning the mayor’s chair.

Dyas’s total expenditures were $93,184.28 to Basran’s $98,150.

Kelowna council members spent the following total amounts on their campaigns:

  • Ron Cannan $29,870;
  • Loyal Wooldridge $26,853.61;
  • Mohini Singh $18,577.76;
  • Gord Lovegrove $17,285.27;
  • Luke Stack $7,706.90;
  • Maxine DeHart $5,092.92;
  • Rick Webber $2,333.32;
  • Charlie Hodge $1,393.99.

Cannan previously sat on council from 1996 to 2005, while Lovegrove and Webber are serving their first terms.

In Lake Country, Mayor Blair Ireland and Coun. Cara Reed did not have to spend a dime on their campaigns as they were both acclaimed.

Other councillors spent the following amounts on their campaigns according to Elections BC:

  • Michael Lewis $7,350.90;
  • Tricia Brett $2,772.16;
  • Bib Patel $1,600.22;
  • Heather Irvine $453.60.

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Gary Barnes

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