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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:30 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Mon Jul 21, 2014.

Both of the Democratic candidates seeking Missouri House seats this year in the local area face uphill battles when it comes to their campaigns’ war chests, according to finance reports filed with the state’s ethics commission.

Ann Schroeder, a Union Democrat and current county commissioner, reported about $2,700 in her campaign committee as of the beginning of last month.

She is running in the 109th District, which has been redrawn following the latest redistricting to include Union, about a quarter of Washington and the unincorporated areas of Labadie, Villa Ridge and Gray Summit.

She is running against Republican Paul Curtman, a Pacific resident who will have to move west outside of the city limits in order to seek an additional term in 2014, should he win this year.

Curtman was elected to the House in 2010, representing the old 105th District after beating out Democrat Michael Frame.

Curtman carried over funds from his last election, reporting $21,800 in his April quarterly report.

Over $9,000 of that was received during the quarter, however.

The largest single donation came from Sue Hellebusch, Washington, owner of G.H. Tool & Die. Hellebusch donated $2,500 to Curtman’s campaign during the latest quarter, according to the financial report.

Gerard Hellebusch, Sue Hellebusch’s husband, was another of Curtman’s top local donors.

The Hellebusches donated at least $3,500 to Curtman’s successful 2010 campaign as well.

Some of the other larger donors from the local area during the latest quarter included Dave Bailey, chief of staff for state Sen. Brian Nieves, and several members of the county’s Republican Central Committee including Roberta Brouk and Tim Millerick.

Curtman also received $1,000 from HealthPac, a political action committee, and Muller Transportation, based in Butler.

Democrat Michael Sage, Hermann, created a campaign committee this Monday for his upcoming November race for Missouri House, but he has an uphill fundraising battle against Republican Dave Schatz, Sullivan.

Schatz is running in the newly formed district as well, which includes roughly three-fourths of the city of Washington and other parts of northwestern Franklin County.

Having won a term in the old 111th District in 2010, Schatz already has a campaign committee formed, which reported roughly $38,000 in money on hand in its April filing.

Schatz started the quarter with more, but made a $5,000 contribution to the House Republican campaign committee in February.

He, like Curtman, will have to move his residence to qualify to run in 2014 if he should win the election this year.

Candidates are not required to live within the boundaries of a district immediately following a redistricting. They typically are required to live within a district for a year prior to an election.

None of the candidates will face primary opposition in August.

It will be mid-July when candidates will next have to file quarterly financial reports for their campaign committees.

Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, is running unopposed in his new district. the 119th, which includes St. Clair and stretches into Washington County.

His campaign committee reported roughly $7,500 cash on hand at the end of the April quarter.

The quarter included $10,240 in contributions received and $17,200 in disbursements.

Some of Hinson’s largest contributors were firefighters unions from around the state.

The largest of Hinson’s donations was $10,500 given to the House Republican Campaign Committee.

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