Ocello outspends Mehlville school board candidates

By MIKE ANTHONY

Micheal Ocello raised and spent the most money of six candidates who sought election to the Mehlville Board of Education last month.

Ocello raised $14,014.31 and spent $14,450.97 in his successful campaign for a Board of Education seat in the April 4 election. Ocello and Tom Diehl were the top vote-getters for two school board seats, defeating four other challengers, including two incumbents who were seeking their second three-year terms.

Diehl received 5,630 votes — 31.05 percent — and Ocello garnered 4,526 votes — 24.96 percent. Theresa (Saunders) Kleusch received 2,797 votes — 15.42 percent — while former board Secretary Mike Heins garnered 1,928 votes — 10.63 percent — and former board Vice President Bill Schornheuser received 1,803 votes — 9.94 percent. Mark Counts received 1,449 votes — 7.99 percent. Of Mehlville’s 62,827 registered voters, 10,438 — 16.61 percent — cast ballots.

Kleusch raised $3,578.31 and spent $3,217.69, while Diehl raised $3,292.18 and spent $5,073.61 in his election bid.

Schornheuser raised $2,172.88 and spent $693.84, while Heins raised $2,100 and spent $1,781.25.

The sixth candidate, Counts, did not file a campaign finance report with the county Board of Election Commissioners. Candidates raising and spending less than $1,000 and not receiving more than $325 from a single contributor are not required to file campaign finance reports, according to state law.

Of the $14,014.31 raised by Ocello, loans he made to his campaign totaled $4,643.95, including $4,000 in loans made from March 24 through April 9 — the period covered by his most recent report. During that period, Ocello received a total of $6,500.36, including the $4,000 in loans.

Among those contributing to his campaign were the Tuxedo Room, $325; the Missouri Association of Club Executives, $300; the Bayshore Apartments, $300; Eric Langan, $300; Travis Reese, $300; Sonny and Ahfeza Ocello, $50; and former Mehlville Board of Education member and Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors Secretary Dave Gralike, $25.

Ocello’s expenditures in his most recent report totaled $8,963.95. Among his expenditures were $2,193.68 to St. Louis Pre-Sort for mailing labels and postage, $2,475 to Silke Design for brochures, $1,869 to the Democratic Strategy Group for telecommunications and get-out-the-vote expenditures and $1,102.80 to the Democratic Strategy Group for telecommunications and get-out-the-vote expenditures.

Of the $3,578.31 raised by Kleusch, $281.31 was received from March 24 through April 29 — the period covered by her most recent report. That $281.31 included a $180.31 payment by Kleusch toward loans she had made to her campaign and $100 in contributions from those giving $100 or less. Kleusch previously had loaned her campaign $2,400.

Kleusch’s expenditures in her most recent report totaled $791.99 for a voters’ list, printing and advertising, including $567 to Call Publishing.

Of the $3,293.18 raised by Diehl, $953.18 was received from March 23 through April 9 — the period covered by his most recent report. That $953.18 included loans totaling $823.18 from Diehl to his campaign and $130 in contributions from those giving $100 or less. Diehl previously had loaned his campaign $225.

Diehl’s expenditures in his most recent report totaled $2,920.50 for automated telephone calls, printing and advertising, including $706 to Call Publishing.

Of the $2,172.88 raised by Schornheuser, $435 was received from March 24 through March 31 — the period covered by his most recent report. That $435 included $100 from Bill Schornheuser Sr., $100 from Dianne Schornheuser, $25 from Bruce and Brenda Griffin and $210 in contributions from those giving $25 or less. Schornheuser previously had loaned his campaign $1,500.

Schornheuser’s expenditures in his most recent report totaled $693.84 for postage and office supplies.

Of the $2,100 raised by Heins, $420 was received from March 24 through March 31 — the period covered by his most recent report. That $420 included a $200 loan from Heins to his campaign, a $200 contribution by former Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors Chairman Tom O’Driscoll and $20 in contributions from those giving $100 or less. Heins previously had loaned his campaign $500.

Heins’ expenditures in his most recent re-port totaled $563 for a U.S. Postal Service permit, postage and a bank fee.