OGDEN (AP) Mayor Matthew Godfrey says fighting opposition to his controversial initiatives in Ogden cost him a bundle in the mayor's race.
"There is an old saying in politics that, 'Your friends come and go, but your enemies accumulate,'" Godfrey said. "I have eight years of enemies who haven't liked any of a number of my projects. I had to spend a lot more money to get my message out."
Godfrey said he spent a record $181,948 to win a third term on Nov. 6. He defeated Susan Van Hooser, a member of the City Council, by 449 votes in the general election. She spent $69,945 during her campaign
Godfrey received $228,350 in campaign donations, tripling the $64,182 raised by Van Hooser, according to reports filed with the city.