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Goewert Outspends Hennessy in O'Fallon Mayoral Race

David Goewert, who is challenging the incumbent Bill Hennessy for the post, paid for much of his committee's spending out of his own pocketbook.

In his race to become O'Fallon's next mayor, challenger David Goewert's committee outspent incumbent Bill Hennessy's committee by about $1,400. 

That's according to campaign finance reports filed with St. Charles County Election Authority on March 25. Documents show that even as Goewert raised less money than his opponent, his committee outspent Hennessey's.

Goewert's committee spent $6,412 against Hennessy's $4,958. 

Goewert, a 43-year-old O'Fallon police officer, is the primary contributor to his campaign. Of the $6,412 raised this election season, Goewert's own pocketbook accounted for about half. 

Hennessy, a 55-year-old incumbent seeking his second term as mayor, raised $7,868 in that same period. That's in addition to the $10,301 his committee had on hand before the most recent reporting periods.

Notable contributors to Hennessy's campaign include SAK Construction ($1,000); Johnson Law Firm ($1,000); Daniel Bohn ($500); International Union of Painters and Allied Trades ($325); and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 ($250). 

In addition to his own money, Goewert has received contributions from Wireless Asset Group LLC ($3,000); Mike Skeen ($25); and Amy Harrington ($30). 

Are you paying attention to the O'Fallon mayoral race? As we draw closer to the April 2 election, which candidate stands out for you? 

tom woelke March 31, 2013 at 03:28 PM
how does the Post Dispatch write an article stating hennessey has over $21000 but this blog say he has under $5000? http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mark-schlinkmann/st-charles-co-ambulance-district-employees-donate-to-tax-hike/article_ff42320f-965f-59f6-9c14-9d5ba69a49b2.html
Ryan Martin (Editor) March 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Tom: Thank you for the question! Hennessey reported raising $21,000 to fund this election, but much of that fundraising occurred before the two most recent reporting periods. According to campaign finance documents, Hennessey raised $13,000 and spent about $2,800 before January 1. When examining campaign finance reports, I try to compare them as equitably as possible. That's why I noted how much Hennessey raised against Goewert during the two most recent reporting periods (and noted how much money his campaign had on hand before then). Sometimes you'll see the committees of incumbents having money left over from previous elections, which those committees will use in future elections. If this is unclear, just let me know.
Kelvin Williams March 31, 2013 at 04:48 PM
ryan thanks for your input but this is common move for professional politicians. another democrat, charlie dooley, in st louis county does this all the time. they raise a whole lot of money before official filing, then rasie very little during the campaign so it gets reported as the have little money. then the report that comes out after the election shows they spent nearly three to four times the amount than their opponent. look at all hennesseys and dooleys reports from immediately after the election, it will confirm this tactic. you might have been duped. hennessey has spent more than goewert becasue he has more. he just has not reported it all, becasue all the bills will be 'dated' after the last official filing date before the election
tom woelke March 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM
So your saying Kelvin Williams that hennessay has over $15000 in a political account, probably more, and he voted to raise his mayor pay 50%?
Kelvin Williams April 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM
the facts are saying that
Jim Frain April 01, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I did not agree with the abrupt increase in the Mayor and the Councilman's Salaries...I preferred incrementals yearly to get them in line with the other adjoining cities. However, the "facts" of the Mayor's salary was not a 50% increase...It went from $19,500 to $24,000 for an increase of $4,500 per year and 23.0762%
Kelvin Williams April 01, 2013 at 04:50 PM
24% increase for the mayor, my bad. federal workers are taking a 20% paycut. how many city employees have 24% pay increase in the last four years much less the last year. had the opportunity to be a leader and veto the bill but cowered and did not veto. (the 50% was the other people on the council). and he still has over $20,000 in a political fund....why again do people keep voting for him..for the last two decades.
Jim Frain April 01, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Thanks for your response Kelvin. I did not say that I was in favor of these abrupt raises for the mayor or the councilmen because I'm not. I just wanted to set the record straight that the mayor's increase in a base salary was not 50%.
The City Council Pay Increase WAS 58-Percent! Jim Frain ALWAYS backs his buddies because he "thinks that he has access" and they appoint him to Commissions. It is ALL about Jim Frain! Jim does not want to get to know the Good people of O' Fallon, he just disagrees with any one that does not agree with Jim Frain!

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