Madison County circuit judge candidates have raised a total of $45,353 in the first quarter, with Democratic candidates receiving roughly 80 percent of those contributions.
Associate Judge Sarah Smith, who seeks election to the vacancy being created upon the retirement of Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder, has raised the most, receiving approximately $23,903 through March 31,according to her campaign finance report filed April 15.
Smith is running on the Democratic ticket and will face attorney Mark D. Rabe of Edwardsville, a Republican. Rabe has not yet formed an election committee.
Total expenditures for Friends of Sarah Smith amounted to $20,738.48; available funds were reported as $40,942.31.
Smith reported five contributions of $1,000 or more: asbestos plaintiff firm Shrader & Associates in Houston contributed $1,000 on March 12. Shrader & Associates also has an Edwardsville office.
Plaintiff firm Becker Hoerner Thompson & Ysursa PC in Belleville contributed $1,000 on March 19.
Asbestos plaintiff attorney Randy Gori and Gori Julian &Associates in Edwardsville contributed $5,400 on March 19.
Personal injury lawyer Tor Hoerman contributed $1,000 on March 20.
Asbestos plaintiff firm Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd in St. Louis contributed $2,500 on March 27.
Collinsville attorney Marc Parker of Parker Law PC, who seeks election as a Democrat to the Barberis vacancy, raised the most funds in the fourth quarter, but only saw $850 in contributions in the first quarter, according to his April 14 report. In last year's fourth quarter he took in $20,275.
Parker reported that he received $750 in individual contributions and $100 in transfers-in. He also reported a $10,000 loan he and his wife contributed on Feb. 3, bringing his total intake to $10,850 for the first quarter.
Parker also reported $906.72 in in-kind contributions.
Parker’s committee, Friends for Marc Parker, spent a total of $8,990.45 in the first quarter. He reported $26,556.44 in available funds.
Parker will face Circuit Judge David Dugan, a Republican, who was appointed to the vacancy created after Circuit Judge John Barberis was elected to the Fifth District Appellate Court.
Dugan filed his report on April 15, reporting a total of $10,600 in campaign contributions for the first quarter.
The Committee to Elect David Dugan also reported $3,331.38 in in-kind contributions.
It spent a total of $2,780.68 in the first quarter; and reported $19,777.25 in available funds at the close of the first quarter.
Since the last reporting period, Dugan has reported two contributions exceeding $1,000. Both contributions came from plaintiff’s firms, which typically are made to Democratic candidates.
Bill T. Walker Attorney at Law in Granite City contributed $5,300 to Dugan on March 10.
Plaintiff firm Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli PC in Edwardsville contributed $2,947.33 on March 26.