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In St. Louis race for treasurer, Boyd narrowly ahead in campaign cash

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 25, 2012 - The four-way Democratic battle to become St. Louis’ next city treasurer is a three-way contest, at the moment, when it comes to money in the bank.

With just over three months to go before the August 7 primary, Alderman Jeffrey Boyd retains the financial edge – but just barely.

At this point, city candidates are still amassing money to pay for roughly six weeks of campaigning this summer – when voters are paying attention.

And in the city of St. Louis, the Democratic victor in the primary will be the odds-on favorite to win in November. It's been decades since a Republican has been elected to citywide office.

Boyd’s latest campaign report showed him with $119,842 in the bank, just ahead of city Democratic Party chairman Brian Wahby, with $115,610.

Wahby raised the most money, by far, during the last three months -- $56, 521, more than twice the $23,495 reported by Boyd.

Close behind, in third place, was Alderman Fred Wessels, who reported $94,517 in the bank after collecting $18,545 since January 1.

State Rep. Tishaura Jones  came in a distant fourth, with $30,747 on hand after raising $23,570 during the last three months.

Jones is ahead in one department – she spent the most of the four so far this year: $19,303. Wahby’s expenses totaled $10,810, followed by Boyd, who spent $8,358, and then Wessels, who spent on $5,366.

All four are competing to succeed veteran city Treasurer Larry Williams, who is retiring after holding the office for more than 30 years.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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