Sager campaign slightly outspent Bruchey

June 23, 1997


Staff Writer

Former Hagerstown Mayor Steven T. Sager outspent challenger Robert E. Bruchey II by $716 in his failed attempt for an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office, according to campaign finance reports.

Sager spent $5,144 compared with Bruchey, who spent $4,428, according to campaign finance reports for the period ending June 3.

"I was trying to run an inexpensive campaign," said Bruchey, who was surprised Sager had outspent him since Sager spent less than him for March's primary election, he said.

Bruchey raised $4,482, including $2,591 in contributions, according to campaign reports. He repaid a loan of $600 to his wife, Susan.


Bruchey spent $451 on printing and campaign materials and $1,095 on ads, including a thank you ad in The Herald-Mail to voters after the election.

He received $395 worth of in-kind contributions in the form of labor and signs.

Bruchey's expenses include an outstanding bill to Document Solutions of Cumberland for signs, according to his financial report. His campaign had $254.43 in cash remaining.

Sager raised $3,359 in contributions, according to his campaign finance reports.

Sager spent $754 on printing and campaign materials and $890 on ads.

He also had a $1,534 in-kind contribution from Phoenix Color Corp. for printing 8,000 campaign fliers, which were distributed shortly before the election, according to finance reports and Sager. Sager said about 3,000 of the fliers were delivered door-to-door with another 3,500 mailed to registered voters with a history of voting.

Sager said mailing the fliers earlier wouldn't have helped his re-election campaign.

Among the 10 City Council candidates, Alfred W. Boyer spent the most during his successful campaign, according to campaign finance records.

Boyer spent $2,845, including $1,612 on printing and campaign materials and $234 on ads, which he said played a significant role in his getting elected.

"Being a first time candidate I felt I had to do it right. You feel you know a lot of people, but it's not easy to get elected the first time," he said.

Boyer received $2,345 in contributions, including $500 from Dynamark Security System; $200 from the Republican State Central Committee of Washington County; $100 from the Bell Atlantic Maryland State Political Action Committee; $200 from Jane and Donald M. Bowman, a developer; and $250 from A.B. Fulton, owner of AC&T.

Boyer, retired from Bell Atlantic, serves on the Hagerstown Planning Commission.

He loaned himself $500 for the campaign, which he repaid.

Council candidates Lewis C. Metzner, J. Wallace "Wally" McClure, Larry A. Vaughn, Larry W. Craig, Paul H. Toothman, Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris and Don Allensworth all filed affidavits stating they had not raised or spent more than $1,000.

Council members William M. Breichner and Susan Saum-Wicklein also didn't raise or spend more than $1,000 each, but filed campaign finance reports instead of affidavits.

Breichner's contributions included $150 from state Del. John P. Donoghue and $100 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union for City Light workers. Since Breichner spent $201 less than he raised he returned the remaining money to his contributors.

Saum-Wicklein's contributions included $200 from the Washington County Republican Central Committee and $100 from the City Light workers' union.

She had a cash balance remaining of $208.

Money not spent on the campaign must be reimbursed to donors or donated to charities, schools, the board of education or the state or local central committee for the candidate's political party, according to election laws.

Sager donated his remaining funds to the Fountaindale Elementary Scholar Dollar, the Potomac Heights Elementary Girl Scouts, the Bester Brownies of Bester Elementary School, Frostburg State University's Alumni and the Downtown Assessment District for bricks for Public Square.

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