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Final Reports Show Stenger Heavily Outraised, Outspent Stream

Steve Stenger, left, and Rick Stream
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger outspent Republican rival Rick Stream by more than three-to-one in what appears to have been the closest contest for that office in decades.

Stenger — a Democrat who won by less than 1,900 votes — spent $3.34 million in his successful bid for the post, according to the final campaign-finance reports due Thursday. Stream reported spending $959,395.

Their combined spending tally appears to barely break the previous record set for the contest in 2010, when County Executive Charlie Dooley and GOP opponent Bill Corrigan spent just under $4 million, combined.

Stenger outraised Stream by an even larger margin.  Stenger reported raising just over $3.34 million, compared to Stream’s $803,154.  Stream apparently used some money left over from previous legislative campaigns to cover the difference.

Stenger’s final report includes debts of $446,763, most of  it in personal loans from himself. Stenger had donated at least $200,000 to his current campaign, as well as other money that he’d given to his previous campaigns for County Council.

Stream reported no debts.  He also ended his campaign with a little more left in the bank. Stream reported $40, 542 in the bank as of Nov. 29, compared to $$22,871 for Stenger.

24th District state Senate contest

Also setting a record was the contest for the 24th District state Senate seat, won by Democrat Jill Schupp of Creve Coeur.

Schupp spent $1.18 million, compared to $1.1 million for Republican Jay Ashcroft, according to their final reports.  Schupp reported raising $1.7 million, while Ashcroft raised $1.1 million. She had donated almost $240,000 to other campaign committees.

Schupp reported $22,246 remaining in the bank as of Nov. 29, compared to $17,886 for Ashcroft.  She reported a debt of $10,497; Ashcroft had no debt.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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