Com­mis­sioner hope­fuls file last pre-election re­port

Lo­cal busi­ness reaps re­wards

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By TAMARA WARD tward@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecTAMARA

Can­di­dates for Calvert County com­mis­sioner filed their sec­ond of two pre-gen­eral cam­paign fi­nance re­ports.

Repub­li­can at-large can­di­date Earl “Buddy” Hance raised the most money this fi­nance re­port­ing pe­riod of Aug. 22 through Oct. 21 with $13,075 in dona­tions.

He was out­spent by District 2 Demo­cratic can­di­date Susie Hance-Wells, who spent $14,836 to Hance’s $10,789. How­ever, he has a cash bal­ance of $9,841.88, the largest of all the can­di­dates.

Hance’s big­gest do­na­tion came from Time off Char­ters LLC in the amount of $1,120. He also re­ceived $140 from Hatcher Sup­ply, $200 from Mark’s Lawn Ser­vice, $250 from J&J En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices and $750 from Ch­e­sa­peake En­vi­ron­men­tal Ma­te­ri­als.

Many other dona­tions come from in­di­vid­u­als. Hance re­ceived dona­tions from Repub­li­can Party no­ta­bles to in­clude Cal Steuart, pres­i­dent of the Calvert County Repub­li­can Men’s Club ($250). The Repub­li­can Women of Calvert County do­nated $50. Or­phan’s court judge can­di­date Derek Sabedra do­nated $115. The Repub­li­can Women Lead­ers of Calvert con­trib­uted $600.

Hance re­ceived $4,821 in other re­ceipts and inkind con­tri­bu­tions from six liquor stores from Sun­der­land to Solomons to in­clude We­myss Liquors ($25) owned by in­cum­bent fel­low at-large Com­mis­sioner Steve Weems (R), plus nu­mer­ous restau­rants and lo­cal busi­nesses. The largest came from the Washington Cap­i­tals ($1,030). Calvert Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion made an in-kind con­tri­bu­tion of $106 to Hance.

Hance spent $1,057.77 on print­ing for yard signs and brochures and $8,202.79 for mail­ing ser­vices from Di­rect Mail Inc. An­other $1,433.87 went to fundrais­ing ex­penses to in­clude $100 to An­drew Rap­pa­port (R)’s state’s at­tor­ney cam­paign, $50 to Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert)’s cam­paign and $50 to Repub­li­can state Se­nate can­di­date Jack Bai­ley.

Hance has $2,000 in out­stand­ing loans that he took out in De­cem­ber 2017.

Weems re­ported re­ceiv­ing no con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the re­port­ing pe- riod. How­ever, he spent $2,051.25 and has a cash bal­ance of $2,971.30. Ex­pen­di­tures in­clude news­pa­per and brochure ads.

Demo­cratic at-large chal­lenger Matt Ben­nett re­ceived $2,135.82, spent $1,266.71 and has a cash bal­ance of $1,840.80 at the end of this re­port­ing pe­riod. Ben­nett has a long string of in­di­vid­ual donors with amounts rang­ing from $1 up to $400, his largest from his fa­ther John Ben­nett.

Regis­ter of Wills in­cum­bent Mar­garet Phipps, Calvert County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion mem­ber John Toohey and Demo­cratic District 3 com­mis­sioner can­di­date Holly Budd each do­nated $50 to Ben­nett. Calvert Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Trea­surer Beth Swoap do­nated $25 while sher­iff’s can­di­date Michael Hawkins do­nated $20.

Ben­nett spent $1,035 on yard signs and $181 on fair booth ex­penses to Prince Fred­er­ick based Dream Weaver Events and Ca­ter­ing. Ben­nett has no out­stand­ing loans.

Demo­cratic at-large can­di­date Greg Brown raised $4,390 but spent $4,527.58, leav­ing him a cash bal­ance of $137 go­ing into next week’s election.

Brown’s donor list looks like a who’s who in Calvert with Mar­i­anne Harms top­ping the list with a $250 con­tri­bu­tion, bring­ing her ag­gre­gate do­na­tion to­tal to $500 for Brown this election. Calvert Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent and CEO Bob Car­pen­ter do­nated $100 as well as Calvert County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion mem­ber Richard Holler.

Prince Fred­er­ick’s Cindy Yoe and Mel Pow­ell, Demo­cratic District 1 com­mis­sioner can­di­date Tri­cia Pow­ell’s trea­surer and hus­band, also do­nated $100 each to Brown. Phipps do­nated $40 and Swoap $25. CEA made an in-kind con­tri­bu­tion of $106 to Brown via news­pa­pers ads.

Brown spent nearly $2,500 for bill­boards and out­door ad­ver­tis­ing, most of which went to Na­tional Ink and Stitch, which also re­ceived an ad­di­tional $991 for cam­paign T-shirts. An­other $1,058 went to Dream Weaver for food and bev­er­ages for a fundraiser. Brown has $3,400 out­stand­ing for three loans from ear­lier in the cam­paign cy­cle.

District 1 in­cum­bent Com­mis­sioner Mike Hart (R) re­ceived $1,749 in con­tri­bu­tions for the re­port­ing pe­riod, in­clud­ing from Ch­e­sa­peake Amuse­ments Inc., Cove Point Op­er­a­tions, and Lusby res­i­dents Mil­lard Munger and Sherma Munger. The Repub­li­can Women Lead­ers of Calvert gave Hart $650.

Hart also ap­pears to have re­ceived a cash in­fu­sion of $10,000 by way of two loans to him­self in the amounts of $6,000 and $4,000, both on Oct. 17. Hart now has three out­stand­ing loans to him­self to­tal­ing $11,000.

He spent $10,000 for di­rect mail­ing ser­vices through the Calvert Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and $1,450 for bill­board ad­ver­tis­ing from Signs by Stacey. He has a cash bal­ance of $2,539.70.

Chal­lenger Pow­ell re­ceived $425.49 in con­tri­bu­tions, spent $418 and has $4,871 go­ing into Election Day. Her ex­pen­di­tures went to­ward DJ ser­vice for karaoke night and brochure ad­ver­tis­ing, both $200. Pow­ell has $2,149.26 in out­stand­ing loans to her­self ac­quired dur­ing an ear­lier re­port­ing pe­riod.

Repub­li­can can­di­date for District 2 Tim Hutchins re­ceived $6,751 in con­tri­bu­tions, with $500 by way of in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions from Robert Ab­ner of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, $300 from for­mer Demo­cratic com­mis­sioner Pa­trick Buehler, $60 from Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Pres­i­dent Tom Hejl (R) and $100 from District 3 Repub­li­can com­mis­sioner can­di­date Kelly McCon­key.

He re­ceived dona­tions from Calvert po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights to in­clude Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Chair Ella En­nis ($80), Vice Chair Catherine Grasso ($60) and Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Mayor Pat “Ir­ish” Ma­honey (two dona­tions of $60). The Re­al­tors Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee in An­napo­lis do­nated $1,000 and the Repub­lic Women Lead­ers of Calvert do­nated $600 while the Repub­lic Women of Calvert do­nated $60.

Dur­ing the pe­riod, Hutchins spent $10,000.82, the bulk of which went to Di­rect Mail for $5,944. News­pa­per ad­ver­tis­ing, graphic de­sign, web­site de­vel­op­ment and brochure ads ac­counted for $1,603. An­other $1,379 went to­ward fundrais­ing ex­penses at Ab­ner’s Crab House, and $600 to Boo- merangs in Solomons for food and bev­er­ages for fundrais­ing. Hutchins paid $470 to Signs by Stacey and re­im­bursed him­self $251 for fair ex­penses. He has an out­stand­ing loan of $2,000 to him­self and a cash bal­ance of $984.

Demo­cratic chal­lenger Hance-Wells re­ceived $9,670 in mod­est to large con­tri­bu­tions from a litany of well-known Calvert names.

Her largest in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tion was from Lubsy’s Claude Bowen in the amount of $500, while $100 came from Fowler and Fowler Law, where hus­band and wife Ja­son and Tammy Fowler are also can­di­dates in the up­com­ing election for District 27C and or­phan’s court judge, re­spec­tively.

For­mer Demo­cratic District 1 can­di­date Ted Haynie do­nated $50 and for­mer plan­ning and zon­ing em­ployee Steven Kullen do­nated $200 to Hance-Wells. At­tor­ney Larry Lam­son do­nated $100. Phipps do­nated $140, while her son Michael Phipps, for­mer plan­ning com­mis­sion vice chair, do­nated $50. Po­lit­i­cal club Mary­lan­ders for Miller, as in Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., con­trib­uted $200.

Her ex­pen­di­tures in­cluded $6,670 spent on mail­ing ser­vices from Di­rect Mail, $5,624 on print, brochure and ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing and $365 for print give­away items from Wear Your Spirit. Food and bev­er­age and hall rental space ac­counted for $2,047 in ex­penses for Hance-Wells. She has a cash bal­ance of $4,486 with no out­stand­ing loans.

McCon­key’s cam­paign trea­surer, Kim­berly McCon­key, once again filed an af­fi­davit in­di­cat­ing the can­di­date does not in­tend to re­ceive con­tri­bu­tions nor make ex­pen­di­tures in the cu­mu­la­tive amount of $1,000 or more.

His op­po­nent, Budd, raised $2,064, but spent only $78. Budd has a cash bal­ance of $4,650.83 with no out­stand­ing loans or obli­ga­tions. At-large can­di­date Brown do­nated $60, while Tamea Bowen, wife of for­mer county plan­ning direc­tor and mem­ber of Keep Calvert Coun­try Greg Brown, do­nated $100. Budd’s cam­paign fil­ing lists Tamea’s last name as Brown, but clar­i­fied with The Calvert Recorder. Re­peat donor Ja­son Fowler con­trib­uted $40 to Budd’s cam­paign. The re­main­der of her dona­tions ranged from $5 to $250 from res­i­dents pri­mar­ily from north­ern Calvert.

Budd re­ceived $395 in other re­ceipts and in-kind con­tri­bu­tions from the County Times and the Con­cerned Black Women of Calvert County.

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