Burbank Councilwoman Mary Lou Howard established a new city record for campaign spending in her February bid for reelection to the council, according to city documents.
Howard spent $40,709 during her campaign, or $7.16 for each of the 5,684 votes she received, records on file in the city clerk's office show. Those figures broke the records Howard set in 1983 for total spending and spending per vote.
Incumbent Robert Bowne, who was also reelected in the primary, spent $22,250 for 5,591 votes, or $3.98 a vote.
Most statewide elections cost less than $1 a vote, said a spokesman for the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The most expensive state Senate campaigns average about $10 a vote, and the most expensive Assembly races run about $15 per vote.
After the campaign, Howard said she was disappointed at the small turnout in the election for two council seats. Fewer than one-fourth of the 44,782 registered voters in the city went to the polls in the primary.