How Much Does a Winning Mayoral Campaign Cost in Burnsville?
Hint: More than a nice Swiss watch, less than a full year as a residential undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.
Anyone thinking about challenging Mayor Elizabeth Kautz in 2016, take note: Better have enough money to fill a small armored car if you want to make a successful bid.
During the 2012 election cycle, the mayor garnered a whopping $20,000 in contributions in her successful quest for a seventh term, many from members of the business community, other elected officials on school board and at least one sitting city council member. Kautz drew in as much or more than Burnsville candidates running for state offices: Incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Hall took in $21,371 cash, as of the last filing, and GOP Rep. Pam Myrha raised $18,237.04
It almost goes without saying that Kautz outgunned her opponent, longtime foe Jerry Willenburg. This time around, Kautz's war chest was almost seven times as large as Willenburg's.
*Denotes winning candidate
Kautz's campaign spending was also on par with Burnsville's legislators in St. Paul (Hall spent $14,845.16, Myhra spent $20,172.79).
|Name||Total Expenses||Percentage of Vote||Percentage of Total Population (2010 estimate)|
|*Elizabeth Kautz||$14,184||57.12 percent||27.5 percent (16600)|
|Jerry Willenburg||$4,250.99||42.6 percent||20.5 percent (12379)|
Other council races were not quite as expensive, though they too involved substantial investments on the part of donors.
|Name||Expenses||Percentage of Vote||Percentage of Total Population (2010 estimate)|
|*Mary Sherry (Incumbent)||$6,283.01||32.3 percent||22.6 percent (13606)|
|*Suzanne Nguyen||$2,530.15||23 percent||16.1 percent (9702)|
|Steve Cherney||$1,748.76||22.3 percent||15.6 percent (9396)|
|Bruce Johnson||N/A||21.9 percent||15.3 percent (9214)|