Taylor Rabbitts outspent incumbents

Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor enjoyed strong financial support in his inaugural bid for elected office last fall.In his financial statement, Taylor declared campaign income in the amount of $4,111. That was about as much as he needed as Taylor’s expenses came to $4,121.By law, candidates in last fall’s municipal election must file a financial statement with the municipal clerk’s department.They must also respect a designated spending limit for the entire municipality if they run for mayor and a designated spending limit in their ward if they run as a councillor.Failure to file a financial statement or exceeding the spending limit disqualifies a candidate from running in the next municipal election. In Norfolk, that occurs in 2022.The rules require candidates to declare donors who contributed $100 or more to their campaign. Taylor lists four of these in his statement, which was filed at Governor Simcoe Square Feb. 28.Donors to Taylor’s campaign include:Kathleen Noble of Simcoe: $1,000. Rob Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000. David Brown of Simcoe: $200. Marilyn Stanley of Toronto: $100. In the area of expenses, Taylor declared $72 for campaign T-shirts and $68 for campaign photos. A total of $87 was spent on a campaign thank-you party while $271 was spent on a radio ad thanking Simcoe voters for electing him to Norfolk council.Taylor and fellow municipal newcomer Ian Rabbitts were elected to represent Simcoe-area Ward 5 Oct. 22.And like Taylor, Rabbitts also enjoyed solid financial support. As previously reported, Rabbitts declared $7,590 in campaign income against expenses of $6,177. The campaign spending limit in Ward 5 was $6,479.The financial statements of the eventual winners contrast with those of council incumbents Doug Brunton and Peter Black. The pair placed out of the running Oct. 22 third and fourth respectively.In his financial statement, which was filed Oct. 26, Black declared campaign income of $3,164 against expenses of the same amount.Black declared no donations of $100 or more or the receipt of in-kind services from third parties.Brunton filed his financial statement Jan. 28. He declared no campaign income against expenses of $2,885. Brunton also declared no donations of $100 or more and no in-kind services from third parties.In her campaign filing Dec. 19, Ward 5 candidate Doreen Oates declared campaign income of $1,245 against expenses of $1,276.Oates declared a $200 donation from Carrol Lambert of Simcoe, two donations of $25 each from Jim Pudge of Simcoe, and a $20 donation from Robin Cooke of Delhi.The only Ward 5 candidate left to file is Rick Dixon of Simcoe.All candidates in last fall’s election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, the penalty for not filing at all takes effect.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Maserati celebrates centenary at SMMT

Maserati has taken to SMMT’s Westminster headquarters to celebrate its centenary year. The display features Maserati’s current Ghibli and Quattroporte models as well as a 1963 Sebring Series 1.Founded in 1914 by brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ernesto and Ettore, Maserati became known for its race-prepared Isotta Fraschinis. By 1927, it had built its first racing car, which won the Italian constructor’s title at the hands of Ernesto.This early victory set the precedent for decades of racing success. In the mid ‘50s Maserati dominated Formula One with the 250F, driven by the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. Meanwhile, the innovative Birdcage sports cars saw success in endurance racing of the 1960s.On the road, Maserati became known for its individual style, startling performance and outstanding luxury. Models such as the 3500GT brought a wealthy American and European clientele to Maserati, while the Merak and Bora in the 1970s were among the cream of the supercar crop.Highlighting the manufacturer’s historical success, Maserati is showcasing a 1963 Sebring Series 1 in the SMMT showroom. Based on the Maserati 3500, the Sebring was aimed at the American market and named after Jean Behra and Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory at the 1957 Sebring 12 hour race in a Maserati 450S. The example on show is one of just three Series 1 cars still known to be on UK roads, and started life as a Maserati press demonstrator.Maserati’s prominence as a luxury sports car manufacturer continues to this day, shown by the Ghibli and Quattroporte also on display. Heralding a new era for the manufacturer, the Ghibli is Maserati’s first premium E-segment car. A smaller, lighter and more affordable Maserati, the Ghibli has helped achieve significant registrations growth in 2014.When the previous generation Quattroporte was launched in 2004, it marked a return to form for the Italian manufacturer, which had long been known for its four-door luxury saloons. The latest generation offers even greater levels of luxury, while boasting impressive weight savings and a new 3.0-litre diesel engine.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more