St. Louis – St. Louis entrepreneur Mark Mantovani has raised a record-setting $428,920 in the 23 days since he filed his candidacy as a Democratic candidate to be St. Louis County’s next County Executive according to papers to be filed with state reporting officials on July 15.
Those surprising and impressive fundraising numbers are the highest ever posted in an initial quarter for this office, and establish Mantovani, a political newcomer, as a legitimate and serious Democratic challenger to incumbent St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. At this point in Stenger’s first campaign three years ago, Stenger had raised only $227,375.
“I am humbled and honored by the overwhelming initial support I am receiving in this effort to take our county to new heights and to re-establish St. Louis County as one of the most sought after regions for business and young people to locate,” Mantovani said.
“I grew up in St. Louis County and chose to work and raise my family here because I believe this is one of the best places in America to live, work and raise a family. But too often, we have failed to reach our full potential as a community. Our leaders have not offered a vision for our people, and worse, seem to be under frequent clouds of corruption and investigation. I am running to change that,” Mantovani stated.
Mantovani, a St. Louis native, served as Chairman of the Board of Ansira, a data-driven, diversified marketing services firm. During Mantovani’s leadership as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Ansira from 2000 to 2016, Ansira grew from a small, family-owned 50 person company with annual revenues of $5.5M million to a world class industry leader with approximately $130 million in revenue and 800 employees in locations including St. Louis, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, London, Honolulu and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Today, Ansira ranks as one of the country’s three largest privately owned digital marketing agencies.
The impressive financial beginning for Democrat Mantovani has been matched by a talented team of Missouri and national campaign experts which he is assembling. Democratic campaign veteran Carl Walz has been named campaign manager; former President Obama pollster, Pete Brodnitz has been hired to conduct polling for the campaign, St. Louis fundraising expert Peg Weathers has been hired to assist with fundraising, and longtime Democratic Party campaign manager and consultant Steve Jarding, has signed on as a senior consultant to the campaign.
The team is complemented by senior advisors Tim Person and former St. Louis Mayor Vince Schoemehl. “The St. Louis County Executive has to be a principal thought leader for the region. They have to be a leader capable and willing to bring the region together to develop and follow good public policy, and I am confident Mark is that leader.”