Cunningham, McNary Spend More than $50K in Monarch Fire Board Race

The two high-profile Republican candidates are seeking a relatively obscure position on the Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Documents show that more than $50,000 was spent in the race to fill a vacant seat on the Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 

The race for a relatively unknown office drew two Republican heavyweights in former State Sen. Jane Cunningham and former State Rep. Cole McNary, both of whom are from Chesterfield. They seek to fill a six-year term on a three-person board in the April 2 election.

Cunningham's campaign committee spent $23,600 primarily in advertising, printing and yard signs, according to a campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on March 25. The most notable expense was nearly $9,000 paid to Turec Advertising Associates, an advertising agency in Olivette.

McNary's committee spent $28,175 in printing, mailing, campaign ads and voter information, according to a similar report filed with St. Louis County on March 25. McNary, who ran for Missouri State Treasurer last November, spent most of that money on services from Mulligan Printing, a marketing company in St. Louis.

For McNary, his committee's expenses far outpaced total fundraising. The committee raised $4,507 as of March 25, according to the report. Notable supporters include:

Cunningham's committee raised $8,220 through that same period, though the committee has collected more than $150,000 from previous periods. Notable supporters include:

Some find the race particularly puzzling because the fire district, which covers parts of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights and Wildwood, only pays about $200 per meeting and doesn't offer much support for the politically ambitious.

Are you paying attention to the Monarch fire board race? As we draw closer to the April 2 election, which candidate stands out for you? 

John O,Truth March 28, 2013 at 05:36 PM
She is using this position as a political move for something in the future. She is wanting revenge for her buddy Rick Gans. Please don't read and believe everything you see and don't ever believe what the concerned citizens or taxpayer group has to say cause its all a bunch of bull. So what if the firefighters support another candidate, does that mean they will control him? No, it means they don't want Jane coming in and destroying the service that is in pace and currently works. Think about it. do research, talk to a fireman, they are not all greedy union thugs like they are made out to be.
brad March 28, 2013 at 07:25 PM
John O- Are you typing this while at work at the firehouse (while being paid by me and the other taxpayers), or on your own time?
brad March 28, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Everything you say is inflamatory speculation and has no basis in fact. "bunch of bull" "revenge" "destroy". Sounds like the despartate attack words of a union guy that about to lose the majority on the board. Please tell me how JC will "destroy" the service? Are you saying union firefighters will refuse to do their jobs, or leave their lucrative contracts in masses leaving positions unfilled? Would love your explanation to your statement. I love fireman, think most are great guys, I also love fiscal sanity.
John O,Truth March 28, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Sorry not a firefighter
Russ Lake March 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM
You've got it wrong ARBY..no angst caused by any desire of the union to take control of the board! It was two board members prior to 2011 (1 member is gone and 1 is still on the board). The firefighters just want to have a voice like any employee does in any other organization. They are men & women that are providing for their families like the rest of us. They just want to be the best that they can be. The board in the past has been the political machine (prior to Mr. Swyers coming on-board). Now we don't have a political agenda, it's just about getting the job done. Moral is higher than ever before. I sat on the citizen budget advisory committee, I went to the (ENTIRE) Monarch Fire Operations Course one Saturday and heard, saw & experienced nothing but true professionals at work. We should be proud of who we have protecting us in this district!! Russ Lake


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