Candidates for District 97 seat raise a total of nearly $140,000

By EVAN YOUNG

The race for the District 97 state House seat could be the biggest political fundraiser in south county in 2010 as Democratic and Republican primary election candidates combined have already raised nearly $140,000.

Democrats Rudy Pulido, Jim Barrett and Jan Polizzi, along with Republicans Gary Fuhr, Chris Brown, Jerry Little and Bill Zobrist so far have brought in a combined $139,462.41 in monetary and in-kind campaign contributions, according to first-quarter disclosure reports filed recently with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

They hope to win their parties’ nomination this Aug. 3 in the race for the District 97 state House seat, for which incumbent Rep. Walt Bivins, R-Oakville, cannot run again due to term limits.

Daniel Fitzhenry of the Constitution Party also has filed for Bivins’ House seat. However, the MEC did not have a disclosure report for him.

Pulido reported raising $970 and spending $600.50 during the period of Jan. 1 through March 31.

His campaign committee so far has raised $8,170 in contributions, spent $3,473.27 and has $4,100.56 cash on hand.

Barrett raised $5,490 and spent $2,541.33 during the reporting period. So far, he has collected $29,879.57, spent $10,607.15 and has $17,276.85 on hand.

Polizzi took in $1,720 and spent $234.52 during the first quarter. She has raised $2,720 and spent $688.27 for the election and has $1,781.73 on hand.

Fuhr reported $8,560.58 in contributions and $50 in expenses for the reporting period. He has raised $30,268.58 and spent $2,702.74 so far, and has $23,310.26 on hand.

Brown raised $2,945.16 and spent $1,232.36 during the first quarter. He has collected $32,063.51 in contributions and spent $2,061.11 this election.

Brown’s campaign reported $27,535.90 cash on hand and $25,000 in outstanding debt.

Little’s committee reported $13,065.25 in contributions and $939.43 in expenditures for the reporting period. He thus far has raised $16,931.75, spent $3,138.61 and has $4,927.20 on hand.

Zobrist raised $8,523 and spent $1,761.35 during the first quarter. He has received $19,429 in contributions thus far and spent $2,533.50. He reported having $16,895.50 on hand.

Besides District 97, state House seats in districts 66, 85, 95, 96 and 100 are among those up for election this year.

In District 66, incumbent Rep. Michael Vogt, D-Affton, also cannot run for re-election because of term limits.

Democrat Genise Montecillo brought in $3,505 and spent $644.79 during the reporting period. She has $13,550.85 on hand.

Her campaign to win Vogt’s seat so far has raised $17,037.54 and spent $2,586.24.

The MEC did not have a quarterly report from District 66 Republican candidate Bill Hartzog.

District 85 state Rep. Vicki Englund, D-Concord, took in $6,649.13 and spent $1,915.96 during the first quarter of 2010.

Overall, Englund has raised $33,147.35, spent $9,415.78 and has $20,528.29 on hand for her campaign.

Republican candidate Cloria Brown raised $4,355 and spent $934.12 during the reporting period, and has $12,981.94 on hand. Overall she has raised $15,726.74 and spent $2,856.28.

Her primary opponent, Al Faulstich, reported raising $2,830 and spending $567.48 during the first quarter. Overall, he has raised $6,295, spent $1,155.49 and has $5,464.51 on hand.

District 95 Rep. Mike Leara, R-Concord, reported $2,745 in contributions and $2,055.93 in expenditures during the first quarter and overall. He has $1,343.93 on hand.

The MEC did not have reports from Democratic challenger Alice Geary Sgroi and Constitution Party candidate Steve Newton.

Rep. Pat Yaeger, D-Lemay, cannot run again in District 96 due to term limits.

Democratic candidate Scott Sifton raised $2,331.07 and spent $2,235.21 during the last reporting period.

Overall he has raised $66,463.73 and spent $22,056.70. He reported $43,394.96 cash on hand and $148.08 in outstanding debt.

Republican candidate Anthony “Tony” Leech filed his campaign committee with the MEC during the reporting period and has not yet reported any contributions or expenditures.

In District 100, three candidates are vying to fill Rep. Sue Schoemehl’s seat this fall. The Oakville Democrat also cannot run again due to term limits.

Democratic candidate Marty Zuniga reported $5.434.69 in contributions and $1,786.64 in expenditures during the reporting period.

He has raised $11,811.97 and spent $5,561.47 overall, and has $5,734.46 on hand for his campaign.

Primary challenger Andrew Spavale filed a statement of limited activity saying his campaign had neither received nor spent more than $500 during the reporting period.

Republican Marsha Haefner’s campaign reported raising $4,135 and spending $3,221.23 during the reporting period.

Overall she has raised $17,330 and spent $8,540.01. Haefner reported $8,789.99 on hand and $3,100 in outstanding debt.

Looking at this year’s federal races, U.S. District 2 Rep. Todd Akin of St. Louis had first-quarter contributions of $126,350.62 and expenditures of $71,043.56.

Overall, the Republican has raised $551,820.49, spent $443,780.18 and has $771,689.92 on hand for his campaign.

The Federal Election Commission did not have first-quarter disclosure reports for Akin’s challengers: Democrat Arthur Lieber; Republicans Jeffrey Lowe and William “Bill” Haas; and Libertarian Steve Mos-bacher.

In U.S. District 3, Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan reported raising $258,697.29 and spending $110,567.08 during the reporting period. He has raised $875,298.97, spent $533,947.97 overall and reported $520,545.35 on hand for his campaign.

The FEC did not have reports for Carnahan’s primary challengers: Democrats D. Michael Dedic, David Arnold and Edward Crim.

District 3 Republican candidate Ed Mar-tin reported first-quarter contributions of $202,658.72 and expenditures totaling $59,443.38.

He has raised $582,277.87 and spent $103,498.48 overall. He has $478,779.39 on hand.

The FEC did not have first-quarter reports for the other Republican candidates, John Wayne Tucker and Rusty Wallace, or for Libertarian candidate Steven Hedrick and Constitution Party candidate Nicholas “Nick” Ivanovich.