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April candidates give final fundraising update before election

(Editor's note, 3/28: This story has been updated with Columbia Board of Education candidate James Gordon's filing.)


Candidates for area City Councils and school boards gave their last update on how much money they've raised and spent before the April 4 election.

Those running in the April election filed their fundraising reports by Monday's deadline. The reports give people one last look at who is financially supporting different candidates before the April 4 election.

You can also view the information in this spreadsheet.


Former state Rep. Chuck Basye spent the most money of any Columbia Board of Education candidate. Basye reported spending $16,123 from Feb. 19-March 23. Most of Basye's spending went to Thompson Communications to help place radio advertisements. Board candidate James Gordon collected the most money in the period with $9,407.

Money raisedMoney spentCash on hand
Chuck Basye$8,084$16,123$9,763
April Ferrao$4,416$2,742$694
James Gordon$9,407$9,284$4,672
Paul Harper$2,320$3,396$173.90
Chris Horn$2,825$1,419$1,727
John Lyman$2,240$1,949$461
John Potter$3,793$1,598$2,194

Fifth Ward City Council candidates raised similar amounts of money in the period. Gregg Bush reported taking in $7,514 while Don Waterman said he collected $7,179. Bush still had $2,745 on hand for the final push of the campaign, compared to Waterman's $1,085.

Money raisedMoney spentCash on hand
Gregg Bush$7,514$4,753$2,745
Don Waterman$7,179$6,118$1,085

Nick Knoth -- who is running for the Ward 1 seat -- raised $3,409, spent $1,522 and had $2,567 on hand.

Jefferson City

Incumbent school board candidate Scott Hovis reported the highest dollar amount in donations at $6,322. Hovis also spent the most of the five candidates at $2,514.

Money raisedMoney spentCash on hand
Brad Bates$2,623$1,743.60$8,240.40
Michael Harvey$920$417.10$1,362.90
Scott Hovis$6,322$2,514.62$3,807.38
Suzanne Luther$2,640$2,443.48$196.52
Felix MadondoNot availableNot availableNot available

There are four contested City Council races in Jefferson City. The most expensive in the reporting period is in the Fifth Ward race between Alicia Edwards and Mark Schwartz. The latter gave $16,589 to a political action committee supporting his candidacy. Edwards, meanwhile, raised $1,868 and spent $1,413.

Money raisedMoney spentCash on hand
Ward 1 - Jeff Ahlers$1,110$5,127$426.06
Ward 1 - David Kemna$295$1,378$2,085.78
Ward 2 - Aaron Mealy$1,270$3,297$1,047
Ward 2 - Edith Vogel$2,925$274.17$1,320.83
Ward 3 - Scott Spencer$950$1,539.90$1,414.93
Ward 3 - Treaka Young$3,146.93$5,169.10$1,296.86
Ward 5 - Alicia Edwards$1,868$1,413.52$1,156.17
Ward 5 - Mark Schwartz$19,925$16,589.61$10,532.94

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