Local candidates detail campaign spending – The Examiner
By Mike Genet [email protected]
In the Independence City Council and Independence School District School Board elections last week, the candidate who raised the most campaign funds did not win.
In the race for city council, incumbent Mike Huff raised and spent the most, followed by Jared Fears, whom voters preferred to Huff by a few hundred votes.
Two-term incumbent Karen DeLuccie received the most votes, but she died this week of lung cancer, after learning days after her re-election that her cancer treatments had not worked. There will be a special election later this year to fill his seat.
In the school board race, longtime central office worker Greg Gilliam has raised the most, mostly through loans from himself. Voters chose incumbent Jill Esry and newcomer Anthony Mondaine for two council seats. Two other candidates did not register campaign committees with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Not all of the candidates have filed their April quarterly reports — the most recent set of reports on the MEC schedule.
Huff’s campaign raised $52,750 and spent $44,427.73, according to the April report, with four-figure contributions from multiple unions.
Major contributors include:
• $5,500: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 53 PAC.
• $5,000: Alan Hill, Lee’s Summit. • $4,500: International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 781 PAC.
• $3,000: Scott Higgs, Kansas City.
• $2,000: Teamsters Local 541 PAC; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 124 PAC; Edward Reese, Blue Springs.
• $1,000: construction and general laborers, local 264 PAC; James Ruhlman; John Buckley; Rodney Turner, KCK; Patrick Scherzer, KCK; Todd Rechtmann.
• The Fears campaign raised $38,114.96 and spent $34,136.70.
• Major contributors include:
• $7,000: Gearl Koonce, Georgetown, Texas.
• $1,000: Dwight and Doris Heath; Brad speaks; Jay & Cherry Newcom, Broomfield, Conn. ; Margaret McDowell, Blue Springs; Marvin and Milda Lewis.
• $600: Roger and Nancy Hershey.
DeLuccie’s campaign raised $14,681 this election cycle and spent $14,633.32, leaving $219.81 on hand.
Another General Council candidate, Marcie Gragg, raised $5,040.90, including $2,000 in contributions from herself, and spent $3,661.64.
Gilliam loaned his campaign $10,000 in total, and he received $867 from other contributions, and he spent $9,074.60.
Esry raised $4,504, including $1,500 from herself, and spent $4,304.
Mondaine, who became the first black ISD board member when he was sworn in on Monday, raised $9,637.36, almost all in small donations, and spent $8,279.15.
Mondaine’s three most important contributions were:
• $1,000: PAC from the National Association of Educators of Missouri
• $600: Ann Mesle, Kansas City.
• $597.80: Lee Williams.
Mayor of Independence
Although incumbent Independence Mayor Eileen Weir conceded the election after the February primary, she still raised and spent far more than mayor-elect Rory Rowland.
Seeking a third four-year term, Weir’s campaign has raised $76,920 since the start of 2021. She has also spent $58,083.61 since the start of 2021. Her campaign committee still has $58,000 on hand.
Weir’s main contributors included:
• $15,000: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 53 Voluntary Political Fund.
• $10,000: Carlos Ledezma, Leawood, Kansas (Cable Dahmer Automotive Group).
• $4,100: KC Regional Association of Realtors Missouri PAC ($4,100).
• Rowland raised $25,732.34, including a $4,900 loan from himself, and spent $31,080.68, or $15,274.46 on hand.
The main contributors were:
• $1,000: Dorothy McDonald; Bob Buckley; James Heckman, Kansas City; Gary Jones; Regional Council of Carpenters of Central America PAC; KC MO PAC Regional Estate Agents Association; Greater Kansas City PAC Buildings and Construction Trades; United Auto Workers Region 4 Midwest States PAC
• $750: Missouri Bar Association Truman Region PAC; Jacqueline Sommer
A political action committee formed in December to support Rowland, Clean Up Independence, with Jerry Kacheroski as treasurer, filed statements of limited activity in January and April. Between the two, the eight-day report before the general election showed $525 in small contributions and $425.75 in expenses.
Mike Steinmeyer, who ran as a write-in candidate after the primary election, raised $12,086.40 and spent $9,816.60 for the general election.
Major contributors included:
• $4,000: Alan Hill, Lee’s Summit.
• $2,258: Grégory Burkhart.
• $1,000: Todd Rechterman; Edward Nesbitt.
• $597.79: Greg Hunsucker, Lee’s Summit.