The month of October was very good for Franklin County’s Second District Commissioner candidates as they raked in just under $10,000 in campaign contributions,
According to Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) reports, of the nine contributors to both campaigns, only two are Franklin County donors.
State Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, cashed in on some of his fellow state legislators, receiving $7,000 in contributions.
The largest of those came from state Rep. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, who donated $5,000 to Hinson’s campaign.
Hough is in a similar situation as Hinson, vacating his House seat to run for Greene County Commissioner.
State Rep. Sheila Solon, R-Blue Springs, donated $1,000 to Hinson’s campaign as did state Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan.
“Lincoln and I were office mates and lived together, and I had donated to his campaign,” Hinson said. “Sheila asked me if I needed any help and I said yes. She was the select chair over my committee and we sat next to each other on the floor.”
Other October contributions included $100 from SCI Engineering in St. Charles and $50 from the Third District Federated Republican Women of Holts Summit.
In the month of September, Hinson received $1,650 from four of his House colleagues and an additional $500 from two separate groups based in Jefferson City.
Incumbent Jeff Maune’s largest contribution in October, $1,500, came from Independence Valley, a senior housing development in Union. He also received a $500 donation from the Franklin County Labor Political Committee.
Other October campaign contributions included $50 from the Communications Workers of America PAC, based in Washington, D.C., and $250 from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades PAC, based in Maryland.
“My treasurer (Barb McCreary) takes care of all of that stuff,” Maune said. “The owner of Independence Valley is a friend of mine. The other donations are from labor unions. Probably from the home offices of branches in Franklin County. They are organizations I have some connections with.”
All but one of Maune’s September contributions, $500 from a private citizen in Wright City, came from residents or groups in Franklin County.
According to MEC spending reports, both Maune and Hinson have spent thousands in the past two weeks on advertising.
Hinson spent $6,800 on mail and multimedia pieces with a company in Kansas City, in addition to $1,000 on radio ads in Washington and Sullivan. He also spent more than $1,064 on newspaper advertising.
Currently, Hinson has $2,744 on hand in his campaign account and has spent $9,484 in this election cycle.
On Oct. 18, Maune spent $4,572 on mail pieces and $325 on newspaper advertising on Oct. 27.
Currently, Maune has $6,153 in the bank and he has spent $14,029 on his campaign as of Oct. 30.
In the August primary, Hinson narrowly defeated former Franklin County Highway Supervisor Jeff Thurmond by just 149 votes.
Since then, Thurmond has been fired from the highway department and is being investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol for alleged on-the-job stealing.
Maune did not have a primary opponent, but was never elected to the office he currently holds.
He was appointed to the seat by Gov. Jay Nixon in August 2015 after the untimely death of Mike Schatz.