What’s a City Council seat worth in West Hollywood?
According to the latest city campaign finance statements, $211,193.92.
With total numbers in for the 2013 City Council race, including contributions through June, the nine candidates for two seats raised a total of $422,378.
By comparison, the 2011 City Council election seats were 50 percent cheaper, with total spending of $140,170 per seat.
Incumbent council members John Duran and Jeffrey Prang greatly out-raised their challengers in the 2013 race and comfortably kept their seats.
Duran and his supporters raised $212,795, nearly double what it cost Mayor Abbe Land to win re-election in 2011. She was the largest fundraiser then with $108,912 in contributions.
In 2013, Prang finished with $129,842 in contributions, followed by Sam Borelli with $32,065, Steve Martin $26,004, Chris Landavazo $15,286, Tristan Schukraft $5,096, Nick Garzilli $1,000 and Tom Demille $300.
Also on the ballot was a measure imposing term limits on City Council members. The measure, dubbed Measure C, passed by an overwhelming majority with 62 percent of the votes cast.
Total campaign finance numbers show “Yes on Measure C” out-raised its opposition $25,363 to $15,000.