Incumbent Burcham leads in raising funds against challenger

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While incumbent state Rep. Tom Burcham had four times the campaign money on hand as of April 1, Republican primary challenger Cecilia Fallert was off to a strong fund-raising start in the 106th District race.

Burcham of Farmington, Mo., reported $13,019.41 in available campaign funds to the Missouri Ethics Commission, but he raised no money during the three months covered by his latest disclosure report.

Fallert of Perryville, Mo., established her campaign one month into the reporting period, which began Jan. 1. She raised $4,744 while spending $1,508.51 to leave her with $3,235.49 in the bank.

Burcham is seeking a second House term but in a district far different from that which elected him in 2000. Because of redistricting, only southern St. Francois County will remain from the old 106th District, which will add portions of Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties.

The Aug. 6 Republican primary winner will face Democrat Dennis W. Smith, a Farmington city councilman, in November. Smith, who is unopposed in his party's primary, recently organized his campaign committee and had no contributions to report.

Of Fallert's total contributions, $2,044 were from donations of $100 or less and not individually listed. Her four itemized donations were $1,100. Three of those donors gave the maximum for a House race of $300. They were Caroly Cassoutt, Kelly McKerrow and Dan Schupp, all of Perryville. Kenneth White of Perryville gave $200.

Fallert also made $1,600 in personal loans to her campaign. Burcham's campaign had no debt.

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