McCarthy holds huge fundrais­ing lead in exec. race

Elks top Pan­thers in boys’ lax Mef­fley, Gre­gory funds top coun­cil foes



— Up­dated state cam­paign fi­nance re­ports show that County Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Alan McCarthy holds a com­mand­ing lead in fundrais­ing com­pared to his three op­po­nents in the Repub­li­can race for county ex­ec­u­tive nom­i­nee.

The lat­est re­ports, pub­lished on March 22 for the


time pe­riod be­tween Jan. 14 and March 15, show McCarthy with a to­tal war chest of $9,343. He was able to raise $8,150 dur­ing the lat­est re­port­ing pe­riod, nearly all com­ing from a Feb. 25 fundraiser at The Well­wood in Charlestown that brought in checks from a va­ri­ety of county lead­ers.

Amongst those con­tribut­ing to McCarthy’s cam­paign were Ce­cil Col­lege Pres­i­dent Mary Way Bolt, fel­low County Coun­cil­woman Joyce Bowls­bey, Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce chair­man Bob Pals­grove, Elk­ton Town Com­mis­sioner Earl Piner, for­mer Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Carl Roberts, Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney El­lis Rollins III and As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Kevin Urick. Also among the most no­table con­trib­u­tors was Harf- ord County Ex­ec­u­tive Barry Glass­man, who con­trib­uted $100 to McCarthy’s bid and pub­licly sup­ported the coun­cil­man at his fundraiser.

While McCarthy raised the most money of any ex­ec­u­tive can­di­date in the first re­port­ing pe­riod, he spent com­par­a­tively lit­tle. Be­tween the fundraiser’s costs and print­ing brochures, McCarthy spent $1,789.

Mean­while, fel­low County Coun­cil­man Dan Sch­neck­en­burger had $2,490 in his ac­count as of the re­port.

He was able to raise $1,750 dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod, mainly from smaller checks, many of which came from out-of-county donors.

Sch­neck­en­burger only spent $400 on brochures and give­away items in the lat­est re­port­ing pe­riod, af­ter spend­ing $1,800 on cam­paign signs and ad­ver­tis­ing in the Whig, and $500 on robo­call sur­veys ear­lier in the cam­paign.

He has fo­cused on build­ing cam­paign staff and will look to use an April 22 fundraiser that fea­tures for­mer Repub­li­can Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. as a boost head­ing into the April 26 pri­mary.

The past sev­eral weeks have also seen new­comer Gre­gory Mac­Don­ald spend heav­ily as he tries to get his name into the pub­lic con­scious­ness. In to­tal, the for­mer re­cy­cling ex­ec­u­tive spent $4,420, pri­mar­ily on bill­boards along Route 40, yard signs and give­away items, along with fundrais­ing costs.

Mac­Don­ald was able to raise $1,870 from some outof-state donors as well as a Feb. 6 beef and beer fundraiser at the North East Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars post.

At the end of the re­port­ing pe­riod, leav­ing about six weeks of un­re­ported fundrais­ing be­fore the pri­mary elec­tion, Mac­Don­ald held only $556 in his war chest.

Fi­nally, long­time con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist Joe Cara­betta stood in third place as of the re­port­ing dead­line with $1,748 in cash in hand for his cam­paign, all of which he raised from donors and ticket sales at a March 11 fundraiser dur­ing the pe­riod. His largest sin­gle con­tri­bu­tion has been $100 checks, the small­est of the four can­di­dates, and many of his donor con­tri­bu­tions came from out-of-county sources.

Sev­eral no­table names stand out from Cara­betta’s fundraiser, in­clud­ing for­mer Del­e­gate Michael Smigiel, who is run­ning against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st Dis­trict) in the Repub­li­can pri­mary; Kevin Em­merich, who is run­ning for Ce­cil County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion; and for­mer Ce­cil County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee chair­man Chris Zeauskas, who is seek­ing an Elk­ton com­mis­sioner seat in the May mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

Cara­betta spent noth­ing in the re­port­ing pe­riod, po­ten­tially wait­ing to max­i­mize his funds’ im­pact closer to the pri­mary elec­tion.

On the Demo­cratic side of the ex­ec­u­tive ticket, Port De­posit Mayor Wayne Tome, the lone can­di­date, filed no­tice that he had not raised more than $1,000 dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod. With­out a pri­mary op­po­nent, his fundrais­ing cam­paign will likely get un­der­way af­ter a Repub­li­can nom­i­nee is se­lected.

In the races for two open Ce­cil County Coun­cil seats, it is a tale of op­po­sites in the all-Repub­li­can af­fair.

In Dis­trict 1, Robert Mef­fley, owner of H&B Plumb­ing, held $3,522 in his ac­count as of the re­port­ing dead­line, while his op­po­nent, Tom Cole, a re­tired Del­marva Power em­ployee, filed no­tice that he has not raised more than $1,000.

Mef­fley used a Feb. 29 fundraiser to help rake in $4,895 in con­tri­bu­tions over the pe­riod, al­most all com- ing from in-county donors. Among those do­nat­ing to his cam­paign were McCarthy, Sch­neck­en­burger and Tome along with many Elk­ton and Ch­e­sa­peake Cit­yarea busi­ness lead­ers.

Mef­fley may also be the most vis­i­ble coun­cil can­di­date af­ter spend­ing $8,072 on a Route 213 bill­board, yard signs and brochures. He has loaned his cam­paign $7,000 since Fe­bru­ary in or­der to help pay for those ex­penses.

Mean­while in Dis­trict 5, Jackie Gre­gory, a lead­ing voice in the con­ser­va­tive Ce­cil County Pa­tri­ots group, held $1,677 in her ac­count as of the re­port­ing dead­line, while her op­po­nent Paul Tra­pani, a ma­rina owner, also de­clared that he had not raised more than $1,000.

Gre­gory used a Jan. 30 fundraiser at Chef’s Kitchen in North East and a March 19 fundraiser at the Ch­e­sa­peake City Fire Com­pany to raise $3,229. Among those who have at­tended her fundrais­ers or con­trib­uted do­na­tions are McCarthy, Mef­fley, Em­merich, Urick, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion can­di­date Ron Lo­bos and Del­e­gate Kevin Horn­berger (R-Ce­cil).

Gre­gory also spent $2,092 in the re­port­ing pe­riod, how­ever, pri­mar­ily on yard signs, give­aways, brochures and fundrais­ing costs.

In the Dis­trict 2 Ce­cil County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion race, one of two school board races, but the only race where a can­di­date will be elim­i­nated in the pri­mary, two can­di­dates — Lo­bos and Jim Fazz­ino — de­clared that they had raised less than $1,000 as of the dead­line. Erin Do­or­dan re­ported a lone con­tri­bu­tion on her re­port: $25 that she do­nated to her own cam­paign.

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