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Page reports $202,028 in bank for state Senate bid

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2009 - Former state Rep. Sam Page -- one of several Democrats competing for the 24th District state Senate seat -- has filed his latest report showing him with $202,028.09 in the bank.

More than a year before the election (and 10 months before next summer's Democratic primary), the bank account figure will be the most important number on the candidate campaign-finance reports due Thursday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Page's report shows that he has raised $350,523.89, spent $144,770.80 -- and no debt.

The other Democrats vying the seat to be vacated (due to term limits) by state Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, include St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser and state Rep. Michael Corcoran.

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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