Two committees spend total of $45,000 on Polizzi’s election bid

Two committees that supported unsuccessful Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors candidate Peter “P.J.” Polizzi spent a total of more than $45,000 on his behalf in the April 7 election.

Polizzi unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Bonnie Stegman, who first was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Direc-tors in 2005 and was elected to a six-year term in April. She has served as board treasurer since April 2005.

Stegman received 7,903 votes — nearly 57 percent — while Polizzi garnered 6,002 votes — more than 43 percent — in the election.

Citizens for a Safer South County reported collecting $37,560 and spending $36,721.96 on Polizzi’s behalf in the April election, according to a campaign finance report filed May 6. Dr. Stephen M. Benz is treasurer of the committee while Polizzi’s wife, Jan, is deputy treasurer.

Mehlville Firefighters Local 1889 Fire Fighters Action Committee to Elect, or FACE, reported collecting $5,600 and spending $8,461.14 on Polizzi’s behalf the April election. Nick Fahs, president of Local 1889 of the International Association of Fire Fire Fighters, serves as treasurer of FACE. Local 1889 had endorsed Polizzi’s candidacy for the MFPD board seat.

Conversely, South County Citizens for Public Reform reported it had raised $6,326.47 and spent $10,008.53 in support of Stegman’s candidacy for re-election.

MFPD Board of Directors Chairman Aaron Hilmer serves as treasurer of South County Citizens for Public Reform.

In its filing 30 days after the election, Citizens for a Safer South County reported receiving a total of $32,800 from FACE.

In its May 3 filing, FACE reported receiving a $650 contribution from Local 1889.

On May 7, South County Citizens for Public Reform reported receiving a $2,557 contribution from Dean Eggerding of National City Insurance Group and a $2,000 contribution from Better Leadership for Missouri.

Expenditures reported by Citizens for a Safer South County include $8,604.40 to Aloha Printing, a total of $7,467.36 to the U.S. Postal Service and a total of $1,215 to Peter Polizzi for election party reimbursements.

FACE reported expenditures that included $625.53 to Trio Graphics, $510 to Domino’s Pizza, $295.50 to the Phoenix Bar and Grill and $1,005.33 to Fahs for phone bank reimbursement.

South County Citizens for Public Reform reported paying City Graphics $2,367.17.