The power be­hind the elec­toral throne

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Stephanie Drew has the golden touch when it comes to the lo­cal body elec­tions.

The Cam­borne de­signer had her skills used by eight can­di­dates for Porirua City Coun­cil, and one (Ni­cola Young) in Wellington – and all were elected.

‘‘It is great know­ing I can help present them [through bill­boards, fly­ers, busi­ness cards and other me­dia] and give them the look they want,’’ she said.

The eight con­tenders, mainly in the North­ern ward, spent a to­tal of $2324 on Ms Drew’s ser­vices.

Nick Leggett was the big­gest spender, pay­ing $552.

Mr Leggett spent $7562 on his cam­paign re-elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to ex­penses that had to be filed by last Wed­nes­day.

Bar­bara Don­ald­son forked out $4063. She stood unopposed for the re­gional coun­cil in the Porirua/ Tawa ward and was un­suc­cess­ful in gain­ing a seat on the Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust.

Those who did not file ex­pense re­turns on time were Yvonne Car­roll, Faafoi Seiuli, Euan McPetrie and Steve Kenny.

Porirua elec­toral of­fi­cer War­wick Lampp said can­di­dates had plenty of warn­ing about fil­ing re­turns.

‘‘It will be a case of me ring­ing them and telling them to pull their fin­ger out.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil’s North­ern ward can­di­dates had much deeper pock­ets than their Western or East­ern coun­ter­parts – Bron­wyn Kropp ($ 4133), Euon Mur­rell ($3672), Anita Baker ($3258) and Tim Shep­pard ($1814) were suc- cess­ful. Kevin Wat­son spent $2731 in a failed bid.

For­mer deputy mayor Liz Kelly re­ceived $ 1600 worth of do­na­tions. She spent $5142 all up, but was beaten in her at­tempt to win an East­ern ward coun­cil seat.

Porirua mayoral can­di­dates could spend up to $30,000, East­ern and North­ern ward can­di­dates $20,000 and the Western ward $14,000 on their cam­paigns.

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