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Deadline to file is Feb. 25

By AMANDA SCOTT and JESSE YEATMAN

Staff writer

As the deadline to file for candidacy draws near, the fundraising race is well underway for a majority of candidates who have filed for county commissioner and sheriff.

Candidates have until Tuesday, Feb. 25, to file with the Board of Elections. The primary election is June 24, and the general election is Nov. 4.

Slaughenhoupt leads in cash for commissioners

In the commissioners’ race, incumbent Evan Slaughenhoupt (R) has amassed the most money so far in this year’s campaign.

As of Jan. 8, Slaughenhoupt, who is the only one so far to file to run for District 3, has collected a $23,644.13 cash balance since Jan. 10, 2013, according to campaign finance reports turned into the Maryland Board of Elections. Over the past year, Slaughenhoupt’s campaign received $5,150 in contributions, including $5,000 of his own contributions. The remaining $150 was contributed by Comcast Corp. & NBC Universal PAC.

Commissioner-hopeful Tom Hejl (R), who is one of the three candidates running for the two at-large seats, had a cash balance of $1,206 as of Jan. 8, with $602 in contributions. Maurice T. Lusby of Prince Frederick, Joseph V. Ryan of Bel Air and Susan Shaw of Huntingtown each contributed $200.

David Gatton (R), another at-large candidate, reported a cash balance of $1,158.14 as of Jan. 8. Comprising his $1,105 in contributions is $500 from Daniel Furth of Sunderland and $250 from both 231 Farm Center in Prince Frederick and Fowler Bus Service in Prince Frederick.

As of Jan. 8, at-large candidate Benjamin Lee Krause (R) had filed an affidavit that he had not yet raised more than $1,000 in the campaign.

On Monday, Krause said, “I’m looking for more of a grassroots-style campaign — more about trying to spread the message than the name.” He said he plans to spend more than $1,000 eventually, “but right now, I’m looking to get more recognition that our county government isn’t doing what it should be doing.”

District 1 candidate Mike Hart (R) of Lusby also had filed an affidavit as of Jan. 8. On Monday, he said he hadn’t started fundraising for his campaign yet, but it is “a top priority.”

On Monday, incumbent Pat Nutter (R) filed as the only candidate so far for a District 2 seat. As of Jan. 8, Nutter reported a cash balance of $3,551.78. Nutter’s campaign has received $4,625 in recent contributions, including 29 contributions of $50 and 15 contributions of $25. Lisa Catlett of Middleburg, Va., contributed $950 and Comcast contributed $250. Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert) contributed $75, and North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer contributed $100. The Friends of Tony O’Donnell also contributed $100. Fellow commissioner candidates Hart and Hejl each contributed $50.

Evans, Kontra accrue tens of thousands in race for sheriff

Incumbent Mike Evans (R) and candidate Craig Kontra (D) of Huntingtown are amassing tens of thousands of dollars in their race for Calvert County sheriff.

As of Jan. 8, Evans reported a cash balance of $40,278.73. Bayside Chevrolet of Prince Frederick, Ralph W. Neimann of Prince Frederick and Suresh Sharma of Owings each contributed $2,000. Betty C. Koeber of Washington, D.C., contributed $1,100, and Cozzens Construction LLC of Prince Frederick, Gradient Construction LLC of Chesapeake Beach, Kingfisher Land Co. of St. Leonard, PT Tiki Inc. of Baltimore and The Gott Co. of Prince Frederick each contributed $1,000. The Town of North Beach contributed $600.

Evans has spent $8,620 in fundraising expenses and $7,767.50 in donations, sponsorships and organization dues.

Kontra reported a $2,547.63 cash balance as of Jan. 8. Total contributions, including ticket sales and contributions, was reported at $25,146. Kontra contributed $1,550, and Coastal Car Care Inc. of Huntingtown and Gates Bail Bonds Inc. of Upper Marlboro each contributed $500. Ticket sales totaled $20,191, including purchases from Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura L. Martin (R), Calvert County Board of Education Vice President Kelly McConkey and Calvert County Circuit Court Clerk Kathy P. Smith (D). The account Don Brenneman 4 Sheriff transferred $875.63 to Kontra’s campaign. Brenneman was a former candidate for sheriff in 2010.

Kontra has spent $23,974 on his campaign as of Jan. 8, including $10,072 on printing and campaign materials and $12,002.32 for fundraising expenses.

Other candidates remain unopposed, have little funding

Gregory W. Ostrander is running unopposed so far for the Calvert County Board of Education at-large seat. As of Jan. 8, he reported a cash balance of $207.49 with zero contributions. He has spent $1,292.51 thus far on advertising and printing and campaign materials.

Martin, who is running unopposed for the state’s attorney’s office, filed an affidavit as of Jan. 8 for her seat. On Monday, she said she didn’t want to comment on whether she will be raising more than $1,000.

Smith, who filed for re-election Jan. 14 and is running unopposed so far, filed an affidavit as of Jan. 8. She said Monday she “probably will” spend more than $1,000 but hasn’t started fundraising yet.

Delegate District 27C

Sue Kullen (D) is the only candidate to file for the seat so far. Incumbent Mark N. Fisher (R-Calvert) hasn’t filed for re-election.

As of Jan. 8, Kullen reported a cash balance of $15,608. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 26 and Service Employees International Union MD/DC State Council each contributed $1,000. Her additional contributions are composed of several $500, $250, $200, $100 and $50 contributions, and also include $1,000 from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 100 PAC and $450 from the Maryland State Education Association’s Fund for Children and Public Education PAC.

As of Jan. 8, Kullen has spent $22,475.04, including $6,846.68 on printing and campaign materials, $6,500 on salaries and $4,396.03 on website development and advertising.

Delegate District 29C

No one has filed yet to represent District 29C, although incumbent Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) said this week he will run again.

So far, he has raised $9,570, including $4,000 transferred from his last campaign when he ran for U.S. Congress. His remaining balance was $5,287.

“The amount of money in politics these days in election campaigns is too much. It’s gotten out of control,” O’Donnell said. He said while it is necessary to raise money, he does not believe in raising more than what he might need in a given election.

Senate District 29

Sen. Roy Dyson (D-Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s) is seeking re-election, and two Republicans have announced bids to try to unseat him. Steve Waugh of Lusby, who was the GOP nominee for Dyson’s seat four years ago, already has filed. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones of Valley Lee has said she plans to file, too.

Waugh has received large contributions from John Dolina ($4,000) of Falston, Charles Ferrarro ($2,000) of Falston and Dolores Real ($4,000) of Baltimore. He has received $500 each from Gregory Dalke of Hollywood, Md., Diana Huber of Hollywood, Md., and Richard Muldoon of Lusby.

Jones’ largest contributions came in chunks of $250 each from Keith Allston of Charlotte Hall, Richard Boswell of Lexington Park, Wayne Davis of Leonardtown, Patrick Dolan of Great Mills, Brian Jones of Valley Lee, Liberty Home Builder of Great Mills, Deborah Mummaugh of Leonardtown, Lorita Nicholson of Hollywood, Md., DeForrest Rathbone of Virginia, John Reiche of Callaway and Kenneth Wallis of Lexington Park, as well as a $500 contribution from Rich Richardson of Leonardtown.

Dyson received donations of $500 from Garner Morgan of Mechanicsville, Walgreens and Donald Wayson of Lothian, and $250 from each of the following: Nancy Dodge of Mechanicsville, Todd Skipper of Springfield, Va., Solomons Island Winery, David Stamper of Pikesville and Tri-County Abstract of Leonardtown.

Dyson reported a balance of $48,461, while Waugh reported $15,472 and Jones reported $5,140.

ascott@somdnews.com