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 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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