Top vote-getter in city elections spent only $714.85

Final financial disclosure statements filed by four city council candidates following the May 16 vote show a wide range of money spent.

Monica Gates had the most votes in the general election after missing election in the March 14 primary by 80 votes.

She spent $714.85, including both the primary and general elections.

Most of the money was for six signs and radio advertising.

Except for a contribution from her husband, Gates financed her own campaign.

The other winning candidate, Frank McVey, was the top spender among all candidates with a total of $4,018.30.

He spent about half the money in the primary and half in the general election.

McVey used targeted mailings to voters and mailing of cards to voters with information about early voting.

Early voting in this election was higher than previous elections, according to the city clerk's office.

Signs and mailings were the major expenditures for McVey, who had lost two other tries at the council.

Paul McCormick spent $3,579.09 in the two elections with most of it in the primary.

He had contributions of $3,299.09 reported.

McCormick's largest cost for the general election was $420 for radio advertising.

Jerry Hawkins nearly equaled McVey1s total spending with $4,006 in the two elections.

He did spend more of that on the March 14 primary in an effort to win without the runoff.

Hawkins spent $321 on radio ads during the general election.

He reported $1,332.32 in contributions in the general election with all but $100 being his own money.