DEARBORN — Candidates in Dearborn’s Nov. 7 municipal elections spent almost $ 1 million during the election, according to the Wayne County Clerk.
Dearbornites voted for a mayor, seven City Council members and a City Clerk.
The final campaign finance reports show that all 18 candidates spent a total of $997,864 out of $1,146,725 donated to them during the election cycle, according to financial reports filed by Dec. 7.
In the primary and general elections, the 14 City Council candidates spent $499,326 out of the $603,957 contributed to their campaigns. The two mayoral candidates, Jack O’Reilly and Tom Tafelski, together spent $458,647 from a donated $481,046.
Incumbent Mayor Jack O’Reilly, who won 57 percent of the vote, spent more than $260,000 on his campaign, in contrast to $198,000 spent by Tafelski, who received 42 percent of votes.
A list of contributors reveals that Arab American individuals and entities were the top donors to both campaigns.
Both candidates for City Clerk shelled out $39,891 of the $61,722 donated to them. Although candidate Nofila Haidar was more generous than her opponent, George Darany, by a few hundred thousand dollars, Darany managed to win in a landslide with 70 percent of the vote.
Data from Wayne County show that Councilwoman Susan Dabaja, the top-vote-getter in November, spent about $99,000 out of the $154,000 collected by her campaign.
Councilman Mike Sareini came in second place in the race after spending about $146,000 out of $151,000 contribted to his campaign; he was the top spender among the City Council candidates.
Councilman Brian O’Donnell, who came in seventh place, spent the least. He spent $7,461 out of $8,475 raised.
Ramez Haidar, who received the fewest number of votes in the City Council race, spent more than $50,000 on his campaign.
Sharon Dulmage, who came in 10th place, spent the least according to her filings: $770 out of $28,000 raised by her campaign.
The total amount of funds collected by the winning candidates was about double that of the losing ones, at $413,024 compared to $190,933.