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Candidates for the St. Maryís County Board of Education spent thousands of dollars on signs, advertisements and other campaign materials over the last seven months, according to finance reports filed last month.

Three school board seats were up for grabs James Tomasic vied for the at-large seat currently held by Marilyn Crosby; Jim Davis faced off with incumbent Cathy Allen for the District 2 seat; and Joel Rose challenged Mary Washington for the District 4 seat.

Crosby reported $5,715 in contributions, including more than $5,100 of her own money.

Gary Gifford of Lexington Park, David Shipiro of Leonardtown and Cindy Wilson of Park Hall each gave Crosby $100. Other contributions included $100 from her son, Edmund Crosby, of Lexington Park and $100 from her husband, Tom Crosby.

No report was shown filed on the stateís campaign finance website for Tomasic, who is running against Crosby. Tomasicís treasurer, Robert Riser, said last week he was unaware that the campaign finance report was due last Friday and said that it appears his committee is listed under the 2014 gubernatorial election, and that his next reporting date is not until January 2013.

Tomasic said that he and Riser were working with the state board of elections to resolve the problem.

Riser said Tomasicís campaign has brought in about $500 total from three citizens as well as two $500 payments from the Maryland State Education Association, one before the primary election and one before the general election.

The state teachers association gave $500 to each of the candidates endorsed by the local teachers union Allen, Washington and Tomasic.

Allenís report shows she had $1,700 in contributions from nine donors. She spent most all of the money, including $662 on printing and campaign materials and more than $900 on newspaper advertisements.

Donors to Allenís campaign include the state teachers association, which gave $500, the law firm of Baldwin and Briscoe in Lexington Park, which gave $400, and F. Elliott Burch Jr. of Mechanicsville and Michael Whitson of Mechanicsville, who gave $200 each.

Davis, who is running against Allen, brought in $740 in donations from 13 donors. He also lent about $2,100 of his own money to the campaign during the reporting period ending Oct. 21. The reports were due Friday, Oct. 26. Douglas Poole of Port Republic gave $125, Michael Hewitt gave $50, Mary Ann Stamm, wife of Judge Michael J. Stamm, gave $50, and Davisí wife, Ellynne Brice Davis, gave $50. Joseph Stanalonis, candidate for St. Maryís County Circuit Court judge, also gave $50 to Davis.

He reported spending advertising money on signs, in newspapers, at the local oyster festival and on a banner flown from a plane. He also spent about $1,100 with a promotional service company in Bethesda.

Davis said last week that while his campaign treasurer did prepare his report when it was due Oct. 26, it was not sent to the state board of elections office until last Wednesday. The state campaign finance website shows he filed his primary election report nearly a month late on April 19.

Washington brought in $4,330 in contributions from 35 donors. Donation amounts included $1,000 from Francine Dove Hawkins of Lexington Park, $200 from the campaign committee of Del. John Bohanan (D-St. Maryís), $100 from F. Elliott Burch Jr., $100 from former school board member Gary Kessler, $200 from John Weiner of Leonardtown and $200 from Shirley Gholston of San Francisco. Philip Dorsey added another $150 to his previous donations for a total of $300 to Washington.

Rose, who is running against Washington, said that his campaign manager did prepare his report on the day it was due, although it did not appear on the stateís finance website when it was due. His report did appear on the website this week dated Nov. 5. Rose filed his primary report, which was due on March 23, six days late earlier this year.

Rose said he brought in about $1,100 and spent it on local advertising, signs and bumper stickers. Contributors included family members and others, including a $200 donation from Jay Webster of Dunkirk.

jyeatman@somdnews.com