Barr, Callaham lead fundraisers among county commissioner candidates

August 23, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • John F. Barr

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr has raised more than $11,500 this year in his re-election bid, which is about a quarter of all campaign receipts among the 14 commissioner candidates.

Campaign finance records due last week show that 10 Republican candidates took in a combined $44,576 during the Jan. 14 to Aug. 10 filing period.

Four other commissioner candidates filed affidavits that they didn't raise at least $1,000, the minimum amount before they must file itemized campaign finance reports.

There are 14 candidates for five commissioner seats. Twelve Republicans are competing in a Sept. 14 primary. A Democrat and a Green Party candidate will face the top five Republicans in the Nov. 3 general election.

After Barr, Republican Ruth Anne Callaham was next in fundraising, with $9,150 taken in during the last period. Republican Jeff Cline raised $7,360.


Another Republican, Bill McKinley, said during a phone interview Monday that his campaign raised $5,527.

His was the only campaign finance report not posted at a state elections website as of Monday, six days after the filing deadline. The state website says he owes $60 in late fines.

However, McKinley said he mailed his report the day it was due.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Republican Charlie Henson reported raising no money during the last filing period and spending no money.

Republican Walter C. Frazee took in $100 and spent about $75.

John Munson, a Republican, loaned his campaign $5,000 and reported no other contributions.

The candidates who filed affidavits that they raised less than $1,000 this period were Democrat Kristin B. Aleshire, Republican Robin Lynne Wivell, Republican Nick G. Vindivich Jr. and Green Party candidate Joe Lane.

Of the 10 candidates who filed itemized reports, Cline spent the most during the period -- $8,641.

Barr ended the period with the most cash on hand -- $8,501.

Barr, Callaham and Cline had the largest individual contributions.

Paul Mellott of Hagerstown and Rider Jet Center of Hagerstown each gave $1,000 to Callaham. Mellott gave the same amount to Barr. Cline received a $1,000 contribution from AC&T.

Those three candidates also took in some $500 contributions:

o Cline: Mitesh Kothari of Hagerstown

o Barr: AC&T; Kensington LLC of Hagerstown, Howard Bowen of Hagerstown; Herman Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pa.; Brian Mellott of Warfordsburg; Donald Stottlemyer of Smithsburg; David McCain of Hagerstown; Windmill Acres Inc. of Hagerstown; Terry Randall of Hagerstown

o Callaham: Ed Lough of Hagerstown; James Piern of Hagerstown; Howard Bowen of Hagerstown

o Republican Terry Baker had a $500 contribution from A. Fulton of Hagerstown.

o Republican John "Jack" Miller received $500 from John Miller of Leesburg, Va.

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