Bruchey outspending Sager in mayoral race

May 13, 1997


Staff Writer

Republican challenger Robert E. Bruchey II has spent nearly three times as much as his Democratic opponent in the race for Hagerstown's mayoral seat, according to campaign finance reports.

Bruchey, who is making his first bid for public office, had spent $2,030 as of Friday, according to reports filed with the Supervisors of Elections for Washington County.

Incumbent Steven T. Sager had spent $766 in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, according to finance reports.

Bruchey said he doesn't think he's spent that much money for a campaign that began last November.

Sager couldn't be reached for comment.

Hagerstown voters will select the city's next mayor and five City Council members in the May 20 general election.

Bruchey had raised $2,262 as of Friday, including $970 in contributions. Raffle tickets generated $697, the Washington County Republican Central Committee chipped in $200, and $395 was in the form of in-kind contributions in labor and signs.


Sager received $2,024 in contributions and $200 from the candidate fund of Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

Sager's contributions included $200 from Callas Contractors Inc., $200 from 1st Urban Fiber Operations Inc. and $500 from Vincent R. Groh. The city has bought several downtown properties from Groh during the Sager administration as part of city officials' efforts to redevelop downtown.

Bruchey's contributors included former mayoral candidate Republican Joseph H. Walker, who lost to Bruchey in the March primary election. Walker donated $100.

Of the nine candidates for City Council, seven had not raised or spent more than $1,000 as of Friday. They are Republicans Paul H. Toothman, J. Wallace "Wally" McClure and incumbent Susan Saum-Wicklein, and Democrats Larry A. Vaughn, Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris, Larry W. Craig and incumbent Lewis C. Metzner.

Republican Alfred W. Boyer had spent $904 of $1,475 raised as of Friday, according to finance reports.

His contributors include Callas Contractors and developer David Lyles, each of whom donated $100. Boyer is a member of the Hagerstown Planning Commission.

Boyer loaned his campaign $500.

Incumbent Democrat William M. Breichner had spent $459 out of $850 raised, according to finance reports.

Breichner donated $500 to his campaign and received $150 from Donoghue.

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