Metro-East News

12th Congressional District campaign ads at last hit the metro-east

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost, left, and Democratic challenger C.J. Baricevic
Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost, left, and Democratic challenger C.J. Baricevic

Campaign commercials from candidates vying for the 12th District Congressional seat that covers the metro-east and Southern Illinois now are airing in the metro-east, according to Federal Communications Commission records.

Both incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, a Murphysboro Republican, and Democratic challenger C.J. Baricevic of Belleville, have purchased air time late last week on St. Louis television stations that serve the metro-east.

Ads from Bost’s campaign began airing Tuesday on St. Louis TV stations KTVI, KMOV, KSDK and KPLR. The 108 commercials will run through Sept. 12 and cost the campaign $81,585.

Bost previously had not been on the air anywhere in the 12th District, and the commercials that began running Tuesday were focused only toward the metro-east. But campaign chairman Evan Handy said Tuesday that “the Paducah (Kentucky) market will be given a lot of attention in the weeks ahead.”

That market’s territory includes parts of extreme Southern Illinois that are in the 12th District.

Bost also enjoys a significant cash advantage over Baricevic. According to Federal Election Commission records, Bost had $1,041,005 in cash on hand on June 30, the end of the second quarter reporting period. That’s compared to $417,411 on hand at the Baricevic campaign.

Paula Bradshaw, a Carbondale resident running against Bost and Baricevic on the Green Party ticket, reported $517 on hand. Bradshaw has not aired television commercials in the district.

Baricevic’s campaign made its second purchase of ad time throughout the district last week. Roughly half of Baricevic’s 126 ads — 66, records show — will air in the metro-east on St. Louis stations KMOV and KSDK though Sept. 12. The remaining 60 ads will air in the Carbondale market on stations WSIL and KFVS, again through Sept. 12. Combined, the 126 ads cost the campaign $51,370.

Baricevic was first on the air starting late last month. Those 51 commercials began airing on WSIL and KFVS on Aug. 26 and will run through this month.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND