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Former Branson Mayor Karen Best is leading all mayoral candidates in cash on hand according to the latest filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission show one candidate for Branson Mayor with a clear advantage in cash on hand. 

According to 40 Day Before General Election filings, Mayor Karen Best’s campaign has $10,367.05 on hand as of Feb. 24, 2023. The report showed the campaign had been given $12,170 versus expenditures of $1,902.95 since their January report filing.

The majority of donors who donated more than $100 during this report period, which are required by the MEC to be publicly reported, are people connected to real estate or development. The list shows $500 donations each from realtors Robert Huels and Steve Critchfield of Commercial One Brokers; $1,000 from developer Dan Ruda; $2,500 each from Tej and Raubi Sundher of Kuvera Partners, the company behind the Hollywood Wax Museum and Aquarium at the Boardwalk; and $5,000 from Christine Glesener of Paradigm Construction & Engineering.

Incumbent Mayor Larry Milton’s campaign filed their 40 Day Before General Municipal Election report showing total receipts for this election at $14,497.80. The bulk of those receipts, $11,897.80, were carryover from the mayor’s previous campaign in 2021. The campaign reported $2,634.99 cash on hand as of March 6, 2023.

The only donation to the campaign over $100 is a $500 donation from Terry Beene, the founder and operator of the Terry Music Awards. The rest of the money obtained this period, $2,100, came from loans Milton made to his own campaign.

Where Best’s campaign has no debt at the end of the reporting period, Milton’s campaign reports the $2,100 the candidate loaned to the campaign.

Chuck Rodriguez’s campaign did not have a 40 Day filing; their statement of committee organization was only filed on March 7, 2023.

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IL to AR

I am not a resident of Branson, but a neighboring County and a previous mayor of a very small town and follow Branson as we frequent it. This Mayoral election! It should not be based on firing a current employee or who has the most dollars. The basis needs to be current & future positive objectives for the city & people of Branson.

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