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83rd District Race: Gina Mitten Has Cash Advantage Over James Trout

The two Democratic candidates are facing off in an election to represent the 83rd district, which includes Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights.

83rd District Race: Gina Mitten Has Cash Advantage Over James Trout 83rd District Race: Gina Mitten Has Cash Advantage Over James Trout

As of June 30, the committee backing Gina Mitten for 83rd District state representative had more than four times the cash on hand as that backing competitor Jim Trout.

That's according to reports filed this month with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The 83rd District includes , most of and the parts of generally south of Highway 40.

Gina Mitten for State Representative had nearly $18,000 on hand, as compared to the roughly $4,100 held by the group Vote Trout.

Other highlights from the reports:

  • Mitten received nearly $12,200 in monetary contributions from April 1 through June 30. Trout received just over $7,000.
  • Mitten's campaign spent nearly $1,400 during that period. Her expenses more than $900 for printing and $225 for postage. Trout's campaign spent nearly $3,800. His expenses included more than $950 in office expenses, $375 in registration fees with the Missouri Democratic Party and $2,000 in campaign management fees.
  • Major contributors to Mitten's campaign included Central St. Louis County Firefighters ($1,000), among other groups for firefighters; MOLLI's List ($500), a political action committee that supports progressive Democratic women running for office in Missouri; and Crotzer & Ormsby ($500), a law firm. Other Mitten contributors included Linda Henke, the former superintendent of the , and Barbara Fraser, the former St. Louis County Council representative.
  • Major contributors to Trout's campaign included architect Garen Miller ($750), attorney Barry Aycock ($500) and bus manager John Barr ($500). Other trout contributors included the Home Building Industry Political Action Committee.
  • Mitten personally gave her campaign money on three occasions during the period. She loaned $1,000 on two occasions (April 2 and April 13) and $5,000 on one occasion (May 17). Trout personally gave his campaign money on one occasion, loaning $900 (June 21).

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