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Eardley Tops Campaign Contributions from Supporters

The Mehlville school board candidates filed their finance reports for the April 3 election.

Eardley Tops Campaign Contributions from Supporters

Mehlville school board candidate raised four times more than her opponents, according to campaign finance records released Tuesday morning.

Eardley received $3,273 in monetary contributions and reported a $2,000 loan to herself, totaling $5,273.

The Citizens for Kathleen Eardley spent $4,696.63; $1,563.56 on mailers from Gateway Digital Press, $1,480.06 on yard signs, $270 on stamps, $150 to rent the hall of , $961.01 for food, printed materials and an advertisement in the Call, $22 for checks at Commerce Bank and $250 to the Committee to Elect Marsha Haefner for a fundraising event.

The following people donated $100 or more to Eardley:
Ronald Rinard from Westlake, Texas: $100
Harold and Ruth Tompkins from The Villages, Florida: $100
Vernon and Kathy Eardley, Edwardsville, Illinois: $100
Woodstile Properties on Telegraph Road in Oakville: $200

Jamey Murphy, Eardley’s relative and a legislative staff member for Sen. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay), treasures her committee, the Citizens for Kathleen Eardley.

Two other candidates received the majority of their contributions from a fishbowl fundraiser hosted by the Missouri National Education Association (NEA) on March 14.

received $535 from the fundraiser, where attendees passed around a bowl and had a $100 limit cap on contributions at in Oakville.

He reported $745 in total contributions; $110 of in-kind contributions, a $100 loan to himself and $535 in monetary contributions from the fundraiser.

Fedorchak did not list any expenses, having $635 on hand when the report window closed March 22.

Candidates were required to file a report by March 26 if the combination of contributions or expenses added up to $1,000 or more, excluding personal expenses.

was the second candidate at the NEA fundraiser, earning $585. He also reported $85.50 of in-kind contributions, totaling $670.50.

Wainz spent $588.09 on yard signs from in Oakville.

Both candidates headed their own committees—Ron Fedorchak for Mehlville School Board and the Committee to Elect Mike Wainz for Mehlville School Board.

A fourth candidate, , did not file an expense report. Cliff Freebersyser with the St. Louis County Election Board said this was typical with candidates who did not form a committee and received or spent less than $1,000.

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