The two state lawmakers representing Belleville have a combined total of more than $750,000 in campaign money as the election season begins to heat up.
Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, who is the Senate majority leader, had $554,000 on hand as of June 30, the end of the quarterly reporting period for campaign finances.
Clayborne has served in the Senate since 1995, representing the 57th Senate District. He faces a challenge from Swansea attorney Katherine Ruocco, who reported having $14,650 at the end of the quarter.
Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, reported a balance of $206,249 in his campaign fund. Hoffman, representing the 113th House District, has served off-and-on in the House since 1991.
Belleville City Council member Melinda Hult again is challenging Hoffman. Hult had not yet filed her quarterly report as of Tuesday evening, but other campaign records show she has made a $50,000 contribution to her own campaign.
The deadline for filing the quarterly reports is today at midnight.
The metro-east has two other races in the November election for seats in the state legislature:
* Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, is challenged by Cullen L. Cullen, an Edwardsville Democrat. Kay reported a balance of $90,219 in his campaign fund. Cullen reported $15,479 in his fund.
* Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem, is challenged by Josh Berger, a Centralia Democrat. Cavaletto reported $60,017 in his fund, while Berger reported a balance of $6,120.