Commissioner hopefuls file last pre-election report
Local business reaps rewards
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.