Money talks, and sometimes, people listen.
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart spent the most money in the riding during the 2020 snap election, according to the recently-published provincial general election financing reports from Elections B.C.
Tegart spent $56,052.54 during the fall election; the incumbent beat runner-up Aaron Sumexheltza of the NDP by 282 votes to win her third term as MLA. Sumexheltza spent $34,149.33 on his campaign.
The remaining three riding candidates combined expenses fell just short of $10,000. B.C. Green Party’s Jonah Timms spent $4,478.82 on his campaign, followed by independent candidates Mike Bhangu and Dennis Adamson with $3,654.15 and $1,850.00 respectively.
Though not always related, when it comes to the 2020 election, the number of votes correlated to the amount of money spent on the campaign. B.C. Liberal Tegart gained 5,696 votes (41.64 per cent) while Sumexheltza had 5,414 (39.58 per cent). Timms had 1,788 votes (13.07 per cent), and Adamson and Bhangu had 438 and 343 votes respectively (3.2 per cent and 2.51 per cent).