Of the 10 local candidates

running for state office, only

one had an opponent in the

August primary, forcing him

to spend more than most of

them combined.

Now, as the political season

comes to a fevered pitch,

so does the last-minute

spending of candidates from

both parties.

109th

According to the most recent

reports from the Missouri

Ethics Commission,

the most expensive state office

race thus far is the contest

for the 109th state representative

seat with four

candidates having spent

$59,979.

In a heated three-way Republican

primary, the victor

was Washington chiropractor

John Simmons, who as

of mid-October has spent

$28,238.

His opponents in the

August primary were Bob

Oreskovic, Washington, who

spent $17,218, and Kevin

Juergens, Union, who spent

$10,792.

Democrat James Cordrey,

Union, did not have a primary

opponent and thus far

has spent $3,731.

The winner of this race

will be the first new face

to occupy the office in the

past eight years. Incumbent

State Rep. Paul Curtman,

Washington, will be term

limited after four terms.

State Senate

In the race for the 26th

State Senate seat, neither

the Republican nor Democrat

had a challenger in

the primary, but both Dave

Schatz and John Kiehne

have come on strong in recent

weeks.

Schatz, Sullivan, the Republican

incumbent, is vying

for his second and final

term in the Senate and according

to the recent MEC

reports has spent $6,016 in

this election cycle.

His Democratic opponent,

John Kienhe, St. Albans,

has outspent Schatz,

by just under $2,000 tallying

up $7,710 in campaign

expenses.

61st Seat

The 61 state representative

seat has been vacant

since June when its former

occupant, Republican Justin

Alferman, resigned to take

a position as legislative liaison

for Gov. Mike Parson.

Democrat Pam Menefee,

Washington, had announced

her intentions to run against

Alferman as early as March

of this year.

Although she now faces

a different opponent than

planned, Menefee has spent

$3,080 during this election

cycle. She did not face an opponent

in the primary.

Less than three weeks

after Alferman announced

his resignation, Aaron

Griesheimer, Washington,

announced he would be running

for the 61st seat on the

Republican side.

Thus far, Griesheimer

has spent $9,074 on his

campaign, three times as

much as his opponent.

119th

In the 119th state representative

district, incumbent

Nathan Tate, R-St.

Clair, has spent $4,424 on

this election cycle.

Tate is facing Democrat

challenger, Marcie Nichols,

Sullivan, who according

to the MEC, has spent

$2,307.

Neither Tate nor Nichols

faced primary opponents.

With two state representative

resignations and one

term limited out, if Tate is

successful in re-election, he

will be the only incumbent

from Franklin County returning

to Jefferson City in

2019.

110th

Only small sliver of the

110th district lies in Franklin

County, but it encompasses

Pacific, which is one

of the largest cities.

Current State Rep. Kirk

Mathews announced earlier

this year he would not run

for re-election to attend to

family health issues.

That left the floodgates

open for new candidates to

fill the void.

Two candidates squared

off in the Republican primary

with Dorothy “Dottie”

Bailey, Eureka, coming out

on top. Thus far she has

spent $1,358 on her campaign.

Her Democrat opponent,

Cody Kelley, Pacific, has

spent just three dollars at $1,355.