The voting in our city election Saturday ultimately showed that those candidates with the most money won.
Looking at the numbers however we can see some remarkable things.
In the district 8 race the two candidates showed $31,194 and $4,464 of campaign spending in the campaign finance report filed 8 days before the election. One candidate outspent the other by almost seven times. How did they end up? The incumbent and the one with the larger amount of money got 1,950 votes while the challenger got 1,641. That works out to a cost of $16 per vote for the winner and $2.72 for the challenger.
In district 5 we had another incumbent and challenger. The incumbent reported having spend $13,363 and the challenger $1,460. The result? Each vote cost the incumbent $7.58 while the challenger paid $1.59.
We deserve better