BOUNTIFUL -- A former city councilman's successful bid to regain a seat he lost four years ago proved to be the most costly in the race, financial disclosures show.
Richard Higginson regained a seat on the city council in the Nov. 8 election but spent almost double what any other candidate did, according to financial disclosures filed with the state and city.
The small-business owner spent $6,917.08, while first-time challenger Micah Day was next with $3,587.79 in total expenditures. Despite his spending, Day finished fifth with 1,689 votes.
Incumbent Beth Holbrook led all candidates with 2,831 votes, followed by Higginson at 2,683 and incumbent Marc Knight at 2,220.
Incumbent Scott Myers tallied 2,087 votes in his re-election bid, and second-time challenger Ernie Cox received the fewest votes with 1,242.
Holbrook raised the most money among the six candidates, $7,939.24, and is shown as having spent $2,636.77.
Most of the funds raised came from the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, which is listed as donating a total of $5,329.24 between two cash donations and the donation of in-kind postage, in-kind print cards, in-kind ads and in-kind robo calls.
Holbrook is shown as having a surplus of $5,302.47 in the disclosure, but she said that is more of an accounting issue than real cash, because the form had no way to separate in-kind services.
She said she probably has about $1,800 in leftover funds from the campaign.
Knight earned a second term on the council and is shown as raising $2,845, including donations from Mayor Joe Johnson, former state Rep. Sheryl Allen and Dean Collinwood, who is heading an effort to build a regional museum in the city.
Knight is also shown as donating $1,495 of his own money. His fundraising and expenditures were both listed as $2,845.
Higginson raised $3,490; donors included Councilman Fred Moss.
Myers raised $500 for his losing bid and spent $2,240.77. When the subject came up at a recent council meeting, he credited the winning candidates with running a better race.
Cox did not raise any outside funds, but spent $446.04 of his own money, the disclosure shows.