Nova Scotia

Clarke raised $120K in race for mayor

Cecil Clarke received about $120,000 in cash and in-kind services on his journey to become mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Cecil Clarke received about $120,000 in cash and in-kind services on his journey to become mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The contributions to Clarke's campaign are listed on documents released by the municipal clerk's office.

The documents also show that Rankin MacSween, Clarke's main challenger, took in about $89,000.

"They are on an upward trend," municipal clerk Bernie White said of the campaign donations.

In fact, that's about double the amount declared by mayoralty candidates eight years ago, when there was another two-way race.

"It was back in 2004 when the incumbent former mayor ran against another individual in the community, Mr. Fraser, and at that time, the two camps were reporting about $50,000 for one campaign and about $40,000 for the other," White said.

Candidates are required to report any outside contributions of $50 or more.

There's no limit to the amount of money that can be donated.

Clarke had 27,732 votes, or 59 per cent of the vote. MacSween captured 38 per cent with his 17,847 votes.

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