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Brightman tops spending in county commissioners race

November 01, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Democrat Donna L. Brightman has raised and spent the most money among Washington County Commissioner candidates, according to new campaign finance reports.

Brightman has spent more than $33,000 and taken in more than $36,000 - including $26,500 she loaned her campaign since July.

Among Republicans, John F. Barr leads with about $30,000 raised and about $22,000 spent.

Fundraising and spending vary widely among the 10 candidates in Tuesday's general election.

Democrat Kristin B. Aleshire filed an affidavit stating that his campaign does not plan to spend or receive more than $1,000.

At the bottom of the fundraising list is Republican incumbent James F. Kercheval, who has raised $950 and spent $805.

Two other current commissioners are relying on their own money.

In October, Republican William J. Wivell loaned his campaign fund $1,491, the only money it has taken in since 2002, finance records show. Wivell has vowed not to accept any contributions.

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The same is true for Republican John C. Munson, who has loaned his campaign account $12,600, the only money it has received this election season.

The latest campaign finance information for candidates in Maryland was due Oct. 27.

Five Republicans and five Democrats are fighting for commissioner seats. Kercheval, Wivell and Munson are the only incumbents in the race.

Earlier this year, Barr raised money at a much greater pace than his opponents.

In an expense statement filed for the Aug. 15 deadline, his campaign reported receiving $27,225. For that period, that was more than the combined totals of the other nine candidates in the general election, including Brightman.

In the August and September finance reports combined, Brightman's campaign reported taking in almost $9,900 and spending about $8,200.

Then, in the latest report, her campaign receipts rose to more than $26,000, largely because of $18,000 she loaned the campaign in October.

During that filing period, her campaign spent almost all of the money it took in. Expenses included more than $10,000 for direct mailing, about $7,600 for printing and campaign materials, and more than $3,100 in postage.

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