Springfield school board candidates have raised more than $24k

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Five Springfield school board candidates vying for a pair of three-year terms have filed the paperwork to form campaign committees and raise funds.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, four of the five candidates have filed their first financial disclosure forms. Together, they have raised more than $24,000.

The amounts raised include $12,400 by Alina Lehnert; almost $7,000 by Allen Kunkel; $2,700 by Charles Taylor; and $2,200 by Michelle Gavel. As of Friday, Melissa Penkalski had not yet filed a financial disclosure form.

The next reporting deadline is at the end of March. The election is April 5.

A review of campaign contributors shows business, city, council, and university leaders.

According to the reports, former school board president Tom Prater contributed to two campaigns and current school board member Jill Patterson contributed to one.

Lehnert was the only candidate who contributed to her own campaign but Taylor contributed to the campaign of another candidate.

While candidates had not yet spent much of what they raised, the expenses noted on the reports were primarily for printing, office supplies, signs and space for events.

Gerry Lee, the sole incumbent, is the only candidate for the five-year term. He will not appear on the ballot, has not raised campaign funds, and is expected to be sworn in mid-April.

Michelle Gavel

Gavel has raised almost $2,200. Here are the contributions:

• $250 — Charlotte Hardin, university administrator

• $200 — Angela Anderson, professor

• $100 — Lola Cline, retired; Cynthia Rushefsky, former city council member; Calvin Allen, community center president; Charles Taylor, professor; Randy Charles Alberhasky, attorney; Vicke Trippe, retired educator; Tajuan Wilson, university program director; Phil Snider, pastor; and Duane Simpson, regulatory affairs.

The campaign committee was formed in mid-February. The treasurer is Charlotte Hardin and the deputy treasurer is Duan Gavel.

Allen Kunkel

Kunkel has raised almost $7,000. Here are the contributions:

• $2,500 — SRC Holdings Corp.

• $500 — Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University; and Gordon Kinne, Med-Pay, Inc. president

• $250 — Jim Anderson, hospital administrator; Julie Brown, attorney; Mark Woodson, electric company manager;

• $200 — John Wanamaker, accountant; Todd Parnell, retired university president; Tom Prater, eye surgeon; Joe Costello Company; Matt Miller, Miller Commerce.

• $50 — Ted Smith, consultant

The campaign committee was formed in late January and the treasurer is Stephanie Stenger Montgomery.

Alina Lehnert

Lehnert has raised $12,400. Here are the contributions:

• $1,000 — Beth Raidel, community relations director; Matthew Kienstra, physican; Andrew Covington, business owner; and Mark Walterskirchen, physician.

• $500 — Ronica Duncan, therapist; Nathan Duncan, social worker; Matthew and Jennifer Growcock, attorneys; and Jeff and Marcia Johnson, physician;

• $250 — Jamie McDonald, BKD;

• $200 — Bob Cirtin, presiding commissioner; Leslie Anderson, consultant; and Debi Bennet, realtor.

• $100 — Nick and Erin Sanders, consultant

• $75 — Jim Meadows, attorney

• $50 — Logan Aguirre, publisher

• $25 — Jill Patterson, attorney and school board member

Lehnert has contributed $1,500 to her campaign. Darren Lehnert, a physician, also contributed $1,000.

The campaign committee was formed in early February. The treasurer is Roseann Bentley and the deputy treasurer is Jean Twitty.

Melissa Penkalski

The campaign committee was formed in late February and the treasurer is Jeffrey Shore. No financial disclosure forms have yet been filed.

Charles Taylor

Taylor has raised almost $2,700. The contributions include:

• $500 — Kathryn Pile, chief risk officer; and Jan Taylor, literacy coach

• $350 — Allison Kist, self-employed

• $300 — Todd Parnell, retired university president

• $250 — George Thompson, business owner; and William Vaughan, bank president

• $200 — Tom and Kim Prater, physicians

• $100 — Brian Fogle, president and CEO; Mark Ringenberg, business owner; Mike O'Brien, retired journalist; and Shelley Evans, bank vice president.

• $35 — Linda Palmisano, business owner

The campaign committee was formed in late February. The treasurer is Todd Parnell and the chair is Allin Sorenson.