County politicos prep for November elections

News-DemocratJuly 16, 2014 

As in past elections, St. Clair County Democrats have raised more money than Republicans in November races. And in Madison County, incumbents out-raised and out-spent challengers by significant margins, regardless of their party.

Local candidates had until to midnight Wednesday to file required financial reports with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The reports are required for candidates with $5,000 or more in campaign funds. The latest reports are for the second quarter, and detail the spending and fundraising of candidates between April and June.

Early voting begins Oct. 20 for the Nov. 4 in the general election.

Here's how the war chests of local candidates stack up:

St. Clair County

Sheriff

Democrat Rick Watson received $8,300 in contributions, spent $6,780 and has $66,232 in remaining funds. Watson is running unopposed to retain his seat.

County Clerk

Incumbent Tom Holbrook, a Democrat, received $1,515 in contributions, spent $8,166, and has $122,352 remaining.

Republican challenger James Rubush did not file a report.

Treasurer

Democrat Charles Suarez received $24,100 in contributions, spent $23,086 and has $11,296 remaining.

Republican challenger Rodger Cook received $10,370 in contributions, spent $3,247 and has $7,123 remaining.

Board of Review

Democrat Charlotte Moore received $15,230, spent $6,780 and has $10,094 remaining.

Republican challenger James Wilson filed with the Citizens for Common Sense Committee, which has $1,151 in funds.

Board District 1

Democratic incumbent Robert Allen Jr. received and spent $150 and has $10 remaining. Challenger Rob Dorman did not file a financial report. District 1 represents Fairmont City and parts of Caseyville and Collinsville.

District 2

Democrat Joan McIntosh did not file a financial report. She is running unopposed to continue representing Washington Park and part of East St. Louis.

District 3

Democrat Oliver Hamilton did not file a financial report. He is running unopposed to represent part of East St. Louis.

District 12

Democratic incumbent Angela Grossmann-Roewe received $50 in contributions, spent $1,636 and has $4,648 remaining in funds. Republican challenger Guy N. Don Carlos filed with the Citizens for Common Sense Committee, which has $1,151 in funds.

District 12 represents part of eastern Belleville

District 13

Republican Steve Reeb has $3,994 in campaign funds in his unopposed bid to continue representing Swansea.

District 18

Republican Craig Hubbard spent $90 and has $3,172 in campaign funds. He is unopposed to continue representing part of O'Fallon.

District 21

Democrat Frank Heiligenstein has $1,106 in campaign funds. He is unopposed to continue representing Freeburg and part of Smithton.

District 23

Democratic incumbent Dennis Renner and Republican challenger Fred Boch did not file financial reports with the state. District 23 represents parts of O'Fallon and Shiloh.

District 27

Democrat incumbent Kenneth G. Sharkey and Republican challenger Matthew R. Stirrup did not file financial reports in their bid to represent parts of Fairview Heights and O'Fallon.

District 28

Democratic incumbent Joseph J. Kassley Jr. did not file a financial report. Republican challenger Timothy L. Buchanan filed with the Citizens for Common Sense Committee, which has $1,151 in funds. District 28 represents parts of Fairview Heights and Swansea.

Circuit Judge

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn, a Republican, faces Democrat Heinz M. Rudolf, an associate judge, to fill the seat vacated by former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. Cook, a Democrat, is serving two years in prison after he was convicted of federal drug and weapons charges.

McGlynn received $14,170 in contributions, spent $2,146 and has $12,404 remaining in campaign funds. Rudolf received $4,850, spent $3,080 and has $2,414 remaining.

Madison County

Treasurer

Citizens for Kurt Prenzler raised $16,884 for the incumbent Republican treasurer's reelection campaign. Expenditures were $14,332, leaving him with a war chest of $41,543. Major donors included Mark Mestemacher of Ceres Consulting and William Schrimpf of Piasa Management.

Democratic challenger Marleen Suarez, however, raised $6,082 with expenditures of $4,110. Her funds available at the end of the quarter were $11,589. Major donors include Gori, Julian & Associates.

County Clerk

Incumbent county clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza, a Democrat, raised $11,915 with expenditures of $7,226, leaving funds of $11,924 available at the end of the quarter. Major donors included Citizens for Steve Nonn, the county coroner, whose campaign contributed $1,000.

Republican challenger Stephen Adler, whose committee is titled Godfrey District 1 Republicans, raised nothing in the second quarter. A transfer of $600 from the Madison County Republican Central Committee was its sole income, with expenditures of $247 and a fund balance of $3,569.

Sheriff

Despite being unopposed after his primary win for county sheriff, Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin raised $1,400 in the second quarter with expenditures of $2,704. He has a war chest of $8,888 going into the general election.

District 10

Bruce Malone, incumbent for Madison County District 10, who raised $120 and spent $125, with remaining funds of $12.

District 21

Arthur Asadorian, incumbent Democrat, raised no funds, but spent $544.75, leaving him with a cash balance of $1,056.

Regional Superintendent

Regional Superintendent Robert Daiber, while unopposed in the November election, raised $75 and spent $4,865, leaving a fund balance of $7,524.

Legislature

For state legislative races, there was one new report filed since Tuesday evening. Melinda Hult, a Republican and Belleville City Council member who is running for state representative, reported a balance of $51,768, consisting mostly of a $50,000 loan from herself. She is challenging Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, who had reported a balance of $206,249 for the end of the quarter.

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