With one exception, the candidates who were successful Tuesday in their bids for seats on the Marco Island City Council were also the candidates who were most effective at the money game.
All eight candidates turned in finance reports Jan. 25, just four days before the election. They have 90 days to file final reports.
Councilor-elect Frank Recker, who grabbed the most votes at 15.71 percent, also raised and spent the most money with $16,520 in and $14,659 out of his campaign account. He loaned himself a total of $7,000 throughout the campaign, but was still in first for cash and checks raised when those loans are subtracted out.
Roger Hall, who was the sixth vote-getter, with 9.75 percent of the vote, managed to raise the second highest sum of the campaign, with $12,001. However, his total was achieved partly through a $5,000 loan to himself, and he spent just $4,065 of that.
Councilor-elect Wayne Waldack, the fourth vote-getter, with 14.7 percent, raised the third largest sum, with $7,731 in contributions, but spent the smallest amount, with $2,729 in expenditures.
Councilor-elect Jerry Gibson, who earned 14.87 percent of the vote and came in third, was fourth in fund-raising with $7,725 brought in and $5,802 spent.
Incumbent Councilor Bill Trotter, who earned 15.19 percent of the vote, the second-highest total, raised a total of $7,320 as of Jan. 25.
Neylon raised $6,210 and spent $4,399; Batte raised $4,325 and spent $3,599; and Guidry raised $2,745 and spent $3,200.
The majority of candidates’ expenses were consumed by print advertising in area newspapers.
Candidates with remaining funds can purchase thank you advertising, return the money pro rata to supporters or donate it to a charitable organization.