2014 Toronto City Council - Election Financial Information

The Path to Council (part 1 of 2)

After writing about the "winner" of contributions by a council candidate last week, it was time to show a comparison of all the elected councillors.  I grouped councillors by community council and also an overview of all councillors to summarize at the end.  
Part 1 will include Etobicoke York Community Council & North York Community Council
Part 2 will include Toronto & East York Community Council & Scarborough Community Council 

Please note there are 4 councillors with election finance filing extensions.  Their financial data will not appear in the charts and will be updated when filed.

  1. Michelle Bernardinetti by May 1, 2015 - UPDATED
  2. Justin Di Ciano by June 24, 2015 - UPDATED
  3. Josh Colle by April 17, 2015 - UPDATED
  4. Mark Grimes by June 24, 2015 - UPDATED

I will do a short summary for each council including both election and financial information.  Future posts will examine other factors within each council and across the city.

ETOBICOKE YORK COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The Etobicoke York Community Council consists of 11 wards on the western edge of Toronto.  There were four open seats on council with the retirement or appointed seats of several members of council.  I was a candidate for Ward 3, which subsequently was won by Stephen Holyday (son of former councillor Doug Holyday).  

Breakdown of campaign finances:

Below is a graph of each successful candidate's financial information.  The graph lists the spending limit, total contributions and the total campaign expenses.  Please note: contributions and expenses can be higher than spending limit because not all expenses are counted against spending limit.

Until the filing extension by Justin Di Ciano & Mark Grimes were entered, the biggest campaign contributions and expenses were to Frank Di Giorgio in Ward 12.  Frank was up against several candidates (John Nunziata, Nick Dominelli & Lekan Olawoye) that each received large financial contributions/expenses and also a good proportion of votes.  

With updated information as of June 25th, the filing extension showed that both Justin Di Ciano & Mark Grimes followed the pattern of several other councillors and spent well above the limit.  Mark Grimes with $77,160.94 in expenses and $77,449.50 in contributions was the 'winner' of almost doubling the Ward 6 spending limit.  

The campaign that spent well below the limit was Rob Ford, for obvious reasons (Ford Nation machine).  I have to commend Stephen Holyday for his campaign that although started in September, fit his mantra of watching expenses and was a faction of the spending limit.  I will go further into Ward 3's election once all candidates have filed their financial statements.

Etobicoke York Election Information

The data above was compiled from open data found on the City of Toronto website and my analysis.  I have completed this information for all candidates but have only included the current members of council.  The data that supports my push for ranked ballots in Toronto is the minority of councillors in this region that got a majority (50%) of votes in their wards - only four councillors.  

Note: the amount of candidates in each ward has no correlation to the votes received or the finances spent on campaigns.  A future post will compare the votes and finances received for each ranking in ward races.  Did the winners (mostly incumbents) have a disproportionate amount of financial contributions and expenses in comparison to their opponents? 

NORTH YORK COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The North York Community Council consists of 11 wards on the Northern edge of Toronto.  There was one open seat on council with the retirement of Karen Stintz in Ward 16.  One incumbent (John Parker) lost his seat to Jon Burnside in Ward 26.

Breakdown of campaign finances:

Below is a graph of each successful candidate's financial information.  The graph lists the spending limit, total contributions and the total campaign expenses.  Please note: contributions and expenses can be higher than spending limit because not all expenses are counted against spending limit.

The biggest campaign contributions and expenses were to Maria Augimeri in Ward 9.  Maria also had two candidates spend above the spending limit, although not by the same degree.  Josh Colle had an extension, his information is current and the graph has been updated.

There was not a single campaign that spent at or below the spending limit despite 8 of 11 seats were won with a majority.  (Side thought: how many of these councillors voted to keep property taxes at or below inflation despite need to invest in transit, infrastructure or structural deficit?)  Several incumbents retained their seat with vote percentages over 70% (3) or 60% (2) and yet outspent their opponents by tens of thousands of dollars.

North York Election Information

The most notable information provided above is the fact a councillor was elected with just 17% of the votes in a ward.  Although there may have been sixteen candidates within that race, four candidates received 10% or higher.  This is the perfect example of a community not sure on who to pick as "first past the post" and the need for ranked ballots. 

Several races within this community council were interesting.  The dog-fight in Ward 16 could have been won by several candidates, although Christin was eventually endorsed by John Tory & Karen Stintz (despite her former EA J.P Boutros also ran).  Ward 24 had candidate Dan Fox was the only candidate for months and frontrunner until David Shiner entered in his typical 'last minute' campaign in September.  Jon Burnside's win over John Parker by over 3,000 votes in Ward 26 was the only defeat for an incumbent.

END OF PART 1

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Posted on April 16, 2015 and filed under Election 2014.