In Fight for Wentzville Fire Board Seat, Mainieri Gains $38K from Firefighters

Documents show that Robert J. Mainieri, Jr's campaign committee has outraised opponent Jim Peanick, Jr's by nearly $40,000.

In the race to become a director on Wentzville Fire Protection District's board, one candidate clearly has the support of firefighters from Wentzville and elsewhere. 

That's according to campaign finance reports filed with St. Charles County Election Authority and Missouri Ethics Commission. Documents show that 's campaign committee has outraised opponent 's by nearly $40,000. Both are vying for a vacant seat on the board.

Mainieri's committee is being funded primarily by donations from firefighters in the district, which covers all or parts of Lake Saint Louis, O'Fallon and Wentzville, among other areas in west St. Charles County.

All told, Wentzville Professional Firefighters donated $38,600 to Mainieri's committee this election season, according to documents.

That's in addition to donations from IAFF Firefighters and Paramedics of St. Charles and Lincoln County ($500); Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665 ($325); Citizens for Steve Stenger ($250); North County Firefighters PAC ($100); and smaller donations from at least 13 other firefighters or EMTs who work in Wentzville, Maryland Heights or Lake Saint Louis. 

In comparison, Peanick's committee raised $2,535 in total. Major contributors include St. Charles County Association of Realtors ($500); Carpenters Help in the Political Process PAC ($250); Matt Bross ($250); Bill Luetkenhaus ($250); and Peanick Investment Company ($400).

How important is the Wentzville fire board race to you? As we draw closer to the April 2 election, which candidate stands out?

Beth Warner March 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
$100,000????? I had no idea they made that kind of money. Several of my well educated, laid off friends are having a hard time finding $10 an hour jobs.
Lindsay March 30, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Notice Mr. Peanick said the "average salary and benefit package." Don't be fooled by his big numbers, Wentzville firefighters starting salary is $46,000 with captains and chiefs obviously making more. That is no different than any other career path having different levels of achievement. As a resident of the Wentzville fire protection district I can say that they work hard to earn their money. Anyone that is willing to run into a burning building to save me or my family deserves their paycheck. For those of you that have the stance that there aren't that many fires... you also may not know that St. Charles County dispatches the closest unit to all urgent emergency medical calls. The closest unit includes, you guessed it, firetrucks! Depending on where the call happens to be located, the firemen are often first on scene and are trained to provide treatment until the ambulance arrives. On the issue of Bob, I've personally met him and he is a very nice and personable guy. I put my trust in the firefighters and medics who are on duty 24/7 to keep our community safe. If the firefighters put their trust in BOB MAINIERI then he has my vote!
Tony March 30, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Mr Peanick. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should not throw rocks if you live in a glass house. The reason the fire fighters are backing Bob Mainieri is he has shown interest in the entire process. From going to board meetings (havent seen you there once) to visiting the firehouses and talking with the fireman (you probably do not even know how many houses Wentzville has) and talking with the citizens about what they want out of the fire district. That is how you get support Mr Peanick. From your comments above it sounds like you are against the firefighters. So who do you think they are going to support.
Jim Peanick III March 30, 2013 at 03:53 AM
That is not truee
Jim Peanick III March 30, 2013 at 03:58 AM
That is not true. My father tried to meet with the firefighters of wentzvilleband they refused. I don't want to name names, but I know for fact he was denied a meeting.if you want to meet with him, name a time and place he would love to meet with you
Jim Peanick III March 30, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Sheila. there is already a firefighter on the board. what is wrong with someone who has no special interest getting a seat? My father would not be persuaded by anyone when it comes to making the best decision for the people of the fire district. all his friends and family live here, that's why he decided to run to stop any corruption.
Michael E. Carter March 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM
That is a lot of $$
Tony March 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM
How about the board meetings that he was invited to and never showed up. And yes he was invited to. It was a meeting specifically to meet the candidates.
Tony March 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM
You want to talk about fiduciary responsibility! Look up Mr Peanicks name in case.net and see for yourself.
Tony March 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Mr Carter, Why dont you walk a day in a firemans shoes and then comment on what is a fair salary. You have know clue what it takes. By the way. Mr Peanicks numbers are extremely exaggerated.
Jim Peanick III March 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Not the truth Tony. The board decided it was not a good idea to invite my father to a meet the candidate night. Bob attended an open meeting not a meet the candidate night.
Justin Darnell March 30, 2013 at 01:57 PM
The "Special Interest Group" you speak of are the firefighters who put their lives on the line every day to protect my family, yours, and everyone else in this great town and the ones forced to work with whoever wins this seat. If you want to talk about "Special Interest", lets talk about your best buddy, who happens to be a disgruntled administrative employee, who has convinced you to run for this seat to protect his best interest and benefit. Let's see, protect the interest of one, or of the whole. Easy pick. I pick the guy who is going to put the interest of the community first. The guy who has reached out to the community and met with its citizens, stayed informed by attending board meetings and speaking to the employees, and has a clear direction for the fire district. I am not a member of the Wentzville Fire District, but I am voting for Bob Mainieri and I will be telling everyone I know to do the same.
Sheila March 30, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Your friends could have joined a Union and received better pay too.
Justin Darnell March 30, 2013 at 05:27 PM
John Smith, surely you aren't making your decision based on who's sign is prettier...
WFPD firefighter supporter!!! March 30, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Wonder if that is the same John Smith on Facebook that tried to "friend" a bunch of the firefighters and harass some of the wives just to dig up "dirt". This is the big leagues, not teenage drama and games!!
Dr Joseph Gerard March 30, 2013 at 09:22 PM
As Lincoln stated "the legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves---in their separate and individual capacities. Jim Peanick is a man of great integrity and honesty that you can rely on for always doing the right thing. He deserves your vote. You won't be sorry.
Beth Warner April 01, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Sheila, that wasn't very nice. My friends have a four year degree. They happened to go that route, ended up in corp. america and are now laid off. I'm just saying that $100k annually for a salary/benefit package is damn good in this economy for sure. The unions do pay very well but at what point will it ever be enough? There are other risky professions as well as firemen. Policemen, nurses, coal miners, iron workers, electrical workers, etc etc etc, And seriously, how many burning high rise buildings are there in Wentzville?
Jim Peanick April 01, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Tune in to 97.1 FM at 8:30 this morning former State Senator Jane Cunningham will be talking about the Monarch Fire Protection District Board race and the problems and challenges that she is facing. The same as I am facing in the Wentzville Fire Protection District Board race. The words will be heated in the next hour on 550 AM at 9:40 this morning if McGraw Milhaven can stick to the agenda as promised and allow the two candidates Jane Cunningham and Cole McNary to voice their opinions on why they are running and what are the problems they see with the Monarch Fire Protection District Board.
Sheila April 01, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Beth, I stand by my statement on joining a Union. You mentioned other risky professions....those professions are Unionized. Your statement about the scarcity of high rise burning buildings in Wentzville.......Fires occur in one story buildings and homes as well. The people will decide the new board member tomorrow.
Beth Warner April 01, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Yes they will Beth, And I hope someone who represents the taxpayer can be elected to this board who won't sneak salary increases, sick days, overtime, pensions etc. in behind our back. They are paid enough as a union member. You must be related to a firefighter. Peace out.
Beth Warner April 01, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Mr. Peanick, the radio spot was so helpful for me (a non union person) to understand just how powerful these boards can be. Good for you to put yourself out there to run.... Honestly, it sounds like the union would wan their people to run unopposed and under the taxpayer radar. ughhh. That bothers me. so Thank you for running.
Heather Terranova April 01, 2013 at 04:38 PM
This is completely ridiculous! For the record, our firefighters DO NOT TAKE HOME 100,000 a year! That's a joke. in my dreams would my husband bring home 100,000 a year. literally that makes me laugh at you people who believe this!!! My husband BRINGS HOME maybe half of that. what you don't understand is that 100,000 figure jim peanick speaks of is what is costs to keep these men employed. This figure is what is alloted to each man for uniforms, updated training, overtime costs, holiday pay, benefits, pensions, etc. the list can go on. Its also a figure that averages everyone's pay from highest paid all the way to the lowest paid. this figure IS NOT, I REPEAT IS NOT, the figure JUST for the firefighters. my husband doesnt see a dime over maybe 50,000 if we are lucky. I CAN ASSURE YOU! Get your facts straight before you go slinging the mud about how much they get paid and take home. But like bob says, what's it worth to you anyway??? what happens whe. you are stuck in a life or death situation and these men are the ones called to help you!?!? These men are priceless. Angels in uniform if you ask me.
Heather Terranova April 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM
But in the end its not about who gets paid what...it's about keeping these men employed in general. These public servants are losing their jobs left and right because people are all too eager to take money away from them. They are already working with the bare minimum staff. keep cutting tax dollars for these guys and before you know it You will be on your own....Would you be willing to do their job for free?? Seriously?!
Sheila April 01, 2013 at 10:15 PM
To Beth, no, I am not related to a firefighter nor am I a firefighter. I just had to respond to the comments here, attacking workers who chose to organize their group of workers to enable a better standard of living. Maybe, just maybe, anyone reading these posts will research what a Union does for their members and how it benefits the rest of the non union workers. Just a few facts. Do you know why there is a 40 hour work week? The Union got that started. Do you know why we do not have child labor here in the US? The Unions got that stopped. Do you know why an office worker gets a raise in their paychecks? If the Union helps to negotiate a rise in wages for their workers, the white collar workers get a raise too. Do you know what OSHA is and why we have it in the US? Look it up. Look it up to see who got that started. Know your information before you talk against it and look foolish. To Heather, you are right on with your comments. Thank your husband for the job he is doing.
Beth Warner April 01, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Heather are the firemen seriously at risk of losing their jobs in Wentzville?
Beth Warner April 01, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Heather are the firemen really at risk of losing their jobs in Wentzville?
Heather Terranova April 02, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Not in Wentzville at this given moment. But they definitely could if certain things get into the wrong persons hands. My husband works for lake at Louis and his job, along with one other firefighter, is at risk in August if they can't get their tax increase. Taking down their manning power to 2 men running a truck at any given time, which is VERY UNSAFE staffing. How can 2 men possibly fight a fire alone?? one man has to run the call from the truck and the other can't run in into a blazing house fire alone. The one running in has to have a backup buddy. So basically if they are first to show up they would have to sit back,wait and watch the blaze until backup arrives from another district. But that's a totally different topic than what this article is about right now. I'm more upset about me peanick's approach and giving out false information regarding fire fighters salary just to gain a vote.
Jessica Johnson April 02, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Mr Peanick after doing a little research hasn't the "special interest group" contract been the same for the last two years?? Also if you do a little more research the Wentzville Fire Protection District is actually getting less : http://mo-stcharles-collector.publicaccessnow.com/Tabs/Welcome.aspx Look at your 2007 taxes and see how much you paid to the fire district and then look at 2012 taxes. I choose my parents house (due to the fact I didn't own the home I'm in now in 2007) they pay $61.06 less this past year then in 2007 please explain to me how that is possible
Kelly Smith April 02, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Jessica Johnson is a fake account who is actually a man. I already reported you.
bigdog April 03, 2013 at 01:38 AM
amen why do the cops get paid half as much and take twice the risk? CES


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