Lembke stocks up for challenging re-election effort
Fueled by several big contributions, state Sen. Jim Lembke has continued to outraise his Democratic competitors in what could be a competitive battle in south St. Louis County's 1st District.
Lembke, R-Lemay, took in $192,472.26 during the latest fundraising quarter and spent only $2,425.66. That total includes a $942.26 in-kind donation. A good bit of that total came from a $100,000 donation from the Missouri State Senate Committee, a group that aimed at providing support and resources to Republican candidates.
His campaign received $25,000 donations from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles. Both Republicans are running unopposed for re-election this fall, meaning they can freely spread out their campaign treasuries to other candidates.
Lembke also had threatened at one point to challenge Schmitt in the August primary, if state Republicans failed to do enough to back Lembke's re-election.
After the fundraising quarter, Lembke has $291,472.38 of cash on hand.
The 1st District – which encompasses a portion of south St. Louis County – was made more Democratic through the redistricting process, compared to when Lembke first won the seat in 2008.
Three Democrats – state Rep. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, former state Rep. Sue Schoemehl, D-Oakville, and former state Rep. Michael Vogt, D-St. Louis – are running in the Democratic primary. Sifton – an attorney with Husch Blackwell – has $72,859.33 of cash on hand, the most out of the three competitors.
Sifton took in $30,331.15 during the fundraising quarter and spent $1,594.56. Schoemehl raised $8,234.13 in monetary contribution and also received a $35,450.00 in-kind contribution from the Thomas P. and Ruby H. O'Driskoll Revocable Living Trust. Vogt gave his campaign $100, which the only amount he has on hand.
In the 13th District Senate seat contest, former state Rep. Gina Walsh, D-St. Louis, raised $12,840.00 raised, spent $6,282.13 spent and has $127,062.10 in the bank. Florissant resident Reddit Hudson had not filed a report on the Missouri Ethics Commission web site as of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The 13th District seat encompasses most of north St. Louis County. The incumbent - state Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake - is barred from running for re-election due to term limits.