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City candidates file fund-raising reports

February 14, 2001

City candidates file fund-raising reports



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Candidates in Hagerstown's mayoral and city council races have reported raising a combined total of about $1,600 and spending just under $300, including in-kind contributions, according to documents filed with the Washington County Election Board this week.

Four candidates, or their campaign committees, filed campaign fund reports with the Washington County Election Board, while 15 other candidates submitted affidavits stating they had not raised or spent more than $1,000 as of the first financial reporting deadline, which was Tuesday.

Candidates for city office are required to file financial reports with the Election Board after they have raised or spent $1,000 in their campaigns. All candidate committees also are required to submit financial reports to the Election Board regardless of how much the committees have raised or spent. The reports itemize contributions received and expenditures made during the campaign.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, a Republican who is unopposed in the March 13 primary, and Democratic council candidate Kristin B. Aleshire, submitted campaign fund reports even though they were not required to because neither have reached the $1,000 threshold.

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According to their financial reports, Bruchey has received $300, including a $100 in-kind contribution, and spent $212.63, including the value of the in-kind contribution. Aleshire reported raising $800 and spending no money.

Republican council candidates Paul H. Toothman and Richard G. Everhart both have campaign committees, which are required to file reports.

According to the reports, the Friends of Richard G. Everhart has received $487.60 and spent $59; and the Committee to Elect Paul Toothman has raised $25 and spent $25.

Candidates who do not have campaign committees and who have filed the affidavits of limited contributions and spending, are expected to file a memo with the Election Board canceling that affidavit soon after they hit the $1,000 threshold for fund-raising or spending, said Sharon Mackereth, an election registrar at the Election Board.

Those candidates would then have to file detailed financial reports by the next filing deadline, she said.

The next financial report filing deadline is March 2.

The city primary is March 13.

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