HEY BIG SPENDER: Big money has been spent in this year’s council elections. Picture: Dominic Elsome
HEY BIG SPENDER: Big money has been spent in this year’s council elections. Picture: Dominic Elsome

CASH SPLASH: Candidates pump $100,000+ into election race

LOCKYER Valley council candidate Michael Hagan has topped the list has the biggest spender this election - pumping more than $10,000 into his campaign.

Candidates in both the Somerset and Lockyer Valley regional councils spent more than $100,000 combined on the weekend's election, data from the electoral commission has revealed.

The data, sourced from the electoral commission's Electronic Disclosure System, details the election expenses for each candidate.

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The biggest spender across both councils was incumbent Lockyer Valley councillor Michael Hagan - whose total lodged expenses came to $10,464.01.

In the Somerset the biggest spender was first-time candidate Kylee Isidro, who is on track to enter the council chamber, with a total spend of $8245.60.

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Candidates lodged expenses on items ranging from corflute signs and flyers to Facebook and newspaper ads and even washers and bolts.

Lockyer candidates Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich and Gordon Van der Est, and Somerset candidates Joshua Squire and David McInally are yet to lodge any expenditures.

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Candidates who incur electoral expenditure of $500 or more are required to disclose the details of the expenditure in a return.

Candidates are also required to lodge a summary return detailing all expenditure as well as all gifts/loans received within 15 weeks of election day.

See the full list of candidates and their total disclosed expenditure below:

 

LOCKYER:

Jason Cook: $2861.10

Brett Qualischefski: $9463.48

Dave Neuendorf: $1597.57

Meachelle Roelofs: $810.42

Janice Holstein: $6,465.21

Chris Wilson: $3727.46

Michael Hagan: $10,464.01

Rick Vela: $7519.36

Mark Newton: $3454.83

Kerri MacMahon: $8595.39

Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich: ?

Gordon Van der Est: ?

 

SOMERSET:

Helen Brieschke: $5566.56

Sean Choat: $7770.82

Cheryl Gaedtke: $8033.74

Jason Wendt: $5904.47

Bob Whalley: $630

Bronwyn Davies: $5442

Mike Tanner: $1150

Kylee Isidro: $8245.60

Joshua Squire: ?

David McInally: ?


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