There are two Missouri House special elections taking place on February 5th – on the same day as the Missouri presidential preference primary. Well, three actually. Though the 65th apparently only has one certified candidate.

The 16th:

Special Election

February 5, 2008

Missouri House

District 16

The Governor issued a Writ of Election to fill the vacancy in the office of Missouri House, District 16.  This vacancy was created by the resignation of State Representative Carl Bearden….

Certified Candidate List

Mark A. Parkinson (REP)

St. Charles, MO

Tom Fann (DEM)

St. Peters, MO

The 158th:

Special Election

February 5, 2008

Missouri House

District 158

The Governor issued a Writ of Election to fill the vacancy in the office of Missouri House, District 158.  This vacancy was created by the resignation of State Representative Nathan Cooper….

Certified Candidate List

Mary C. Kasten (REP)

Cape Girardeau, MO

Mike Keefe (DEM)

Cape Girardeau, MO

Steve Kinder (LIB)

Cape Girardeau, MO

The 65th:

Special Election

February 5, 2008

Missouri House

District 65

The Governor issued a Writ of Election to fill the vacancy in the office of Missouri House, District 65.  This vacancy was created by the resignation of State Representative Fred Kratky….

Certified Candidate List

Michele Kratky (DEM)

St. Louis, MO

I thought I’d take a look at the campaign finance reports at the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Tom Fann in the 16th:

Committe[e]: FANN FOR FAMILIES

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $17,726.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $1,043.35

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $3,053.88

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $21,823.23

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $4,748.49

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $14,020.86

His opponent in the 16th:

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR MARK PARKINSON

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $30,501.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $741.21

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $31,917.21

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $8,898.10

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $22,237.90

Mike Keefe in the 158th:

Committe[e]: COMMITTEE TO ELECT MIKE KEEFE

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $6,675.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $14,128.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $59.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $20,862.00

10. TOTAL EXPENDITURES FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $492.53

14. TOTAL ALL EXPENDITURES MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 11A + 12A + 13A) $4,990.01

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $5,482.54

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $15,379.46

And his opponent:

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF MARY KASTEN

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $4,170.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $38,760.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $850.00

7. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD (SUM 5A + 6A) $39,610.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $43,780.00

5. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $15,589.40

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $27,340.60

Compared to everyone else that’s a significantly higher burn rate. Where did the money go?

…10/19/2007 Campaign Signage $8,156.10

Those must be mighty fine signs…

Years ago when I went to one of those campaign “schools” we were instructed to only buy enough signs for a campaign so that you planted them on the route between your candidate’s work place and their home. That way they would think their signs were everywhere…

The Libertarian candidate filed an exemption (he’s not spending or taking in more than $500 for the election).

If you’ve got some spare change and you want to support the Democratic Party candidates, you know what to do.