- The Enterprise
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Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II has thus far amassed the greatest war chest of the any of the dozen candidates vying for commissioner seats in 2014.
In his bid for board president, Collins (D) reported raising $26,333 in the past year, according to annual campaign finance reports covering the period between Jan. 10, 2013, and Jan. 8, 2014. The reports were due to the Maryland State Board of Elections by Jan. 15.
A two-term commissioner, Collins also spent $11,877, but his campaign carried a prior balance of nearly $11,000, leaving him with $25,415 in his account.
Meanwhile, Collins’ lone opponent, Republican Tom deSabla of La Plata submitted paperwork declaring his campaign did not intend to raise or spend $1,000 or more.
In the District 1 commissioner’s race, challenger Sam Graves, a Democrat, outpaced Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) by taking in $17,720 to the incumbent’s $11,216. A former commissioner whom Robinson ousted in the 2010 primary, Graves entered the 2014 race with nearly $17,000 left over from his previous campaign.
Graves also spent $16,512, far more than the $3,506 doled out by Robinson’s campaign. Still, the $18,202 balance held by Graves more than doubles the $7,710 left in Robinson’s account.
In District 2, Commissioner Debra M. Davis (D) entered 2013 with a $4,780 campaign balance and raised another $6,723. After spending $4,456 during the past year, Davis was left with $7,047.
Davis’ three Democratic challengers have not done much fundraising. Pomfret resident Melanie B. Holland reported no activity other than personally spending $2,050 on her campaign. Bryans Road resident Larreic “Larry” Green failed to file his finance report on time and currently has a $10 fee listed on his account. Leya “Blondie” Davis, also of Bryans Road, filed to run Jan. 10 and as of Thursday afternoon did not have a campaign committee listed in the state database.
Pomfret resident Mike Bakir, who registered Jan. 7 to run for District 2 commissioner as a Republican, also did not yet have a committee registered with the state.
In District 3, Waldorf resident Amanda Stewart reported raising $2,188 and spending $1,621 since she filed Aug. 6 as a Democrat, leaving her with a balance of $567. Her lone opponent, Kamilah Way of Waldorf, also a Democrat, filed paperwork declaring her campaign would not take in or spend more than $1,000.
Waldorf resident Richard Allen Aldridge, currently the lone District 4 candidate, filed Jan. 9 as a Democrat. His campaign committee has yet to appear in the state database.
District 4 incumbent Commissioner Bobby Rucci (D) reported no campaign activity outside of $179.48 in banking fees. He retains $179 in his account.
Commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D), who has said she will not seek public office in 2014, reported raising $11,905 and spending $12,303 in the last year, leaving her with $2,671 in her campaign account. All donations to Kelly’s campaign were made in February and March.