Big money pours into Missouri local judge's race

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 28 2014 Oct 28, 2014 Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:45:00 PM CDT October 28, 2014 in News
By: Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Brian Stumpe says his experience with a robbery inspired him to run for Cole County Circuit judge, coincidentally against the woman who sentenced his attacker to 99 years in prison.

The Republican faces incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce, a Cole County judge since 1994 who's running on experience.

What might ordinarily be a quiet local election in the county that's home to the Missouri Capitol is now bursting with out-of-state donations and negative advertisements.

The race took a turn when the Republican State Leadership Committee donated $100,000 to Stumpe. The group's local political action committee has spent more than $171,000.

At stake is the seat held by a Democrat in a court that sometimes deals with whether laws are constitutional, as well as how statewide ballot initiatives are worded.

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