Taylor Rabbitts outspent incumbents

Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor enjoyed strong financial support in his inaugural bid for elected office last fall.In his financial statement, Taylor declared campaign income in the amount of $4,111. That was about as much as he needed as Taylor’s expenses came to $4,121.By law, candidates in last fall’s municipal election must file a financial statement with the municipal clerk’s department.They must also respect a designated spending limit for the entire municipality if they run for mayor and a designated spending limit in their ward if they run as a councillor.Failure to file a financial statement or exceeding the spending limit disqualifies a candidate from running in the next municipal election. In Norfolk, that occurs in 2022.The rules require candidates to declare donors who contributed $100 or more to their campaign. Taylor lists four of these in his statement, which was filed at Governor Simcoe Square Feb. 28.Donors to Taylor’s campaign include:Kathleen Noble of Simcoe: $1,000. Rob Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000. David Brown of Simcoe: $200. Marilyn Stanley of Toronto: $100. In the area of expenses, Taylor declared $72 for campaign T-shirts and $68 for campaign photos. A total of $87 was spent on a campaign thank-you party while $271 was spent on a radio ad thanking Simcoe voters for electing him to Norfolk council.Taylor and fellow municipal newcomer Ian Rabbitts were elected to represent Simcoe-area Ward 5 Oct. 22.And like Taylor, Rabbitts also enjoyed solid financial support. As previously reported, Rabbitts declared $7,590 in campaign income against expenses of $6,177. The campaign spending limit in Ward 5 was $6,479.The financial statements of the eventual winners contrast with those of council incumbents Doug Brunton and Peter Black. The pair placed out of the running Oct. 22 third and fourth respectively.In his financial statement, which was filed Oct. 26, Black declared campaign income of $3,164 against expenses of the same amount.Black declared no donations of $100 or more or the receipt of in-kind services from third parties.Brunton filed his financial statement Jan. 28. He declared no campaign income against expenses of $2,885. Brunton also declared no donations of $100 or more and no in-kind services from third parties.In her campaign filing Dec. 19, Ward 5 candidate Doreen Oates declared campaign income of $1,245 against expenses of $1,276.Oates declared a $200 donation from Carrol Lambert of Simcoe, two donations of $25 each from Jim Pudge of Simcoe, and a $20 donation from Robin Cooke of Delhi.The only Ward 5 candidate left to file is Rick Dixon of Simcoe.All candidates in last fall’s election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, the penalty for not filing at all takes effect.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

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