He­witt rakes in most cam­paign fund­ing so far

Ridgell leads with most direct cash among com­mis­sioner can­di­dates

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By TAY­LOR DEVILLE tdev­ille@somd­news.com

As Novem­ber inches closer, spend­ing in the St. Mary’s County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers race is ramp­ing up in the gen­eral elec­tion, with in­cum­bent Com­mis­sioner Mike He­witt (R) col­lect­ing the most donors and pock­et­ing the most do­na­tions out of all the com­mis­sioner can­di­dates.

He­witt, who pre­vi­ously filed an af­fi­davit sig­nal­ing that he did not in­tend to raise or spend more than $1,000 dur­ing the pri­mary, raked in $4,185 in direct con­tri­bu­tions and $21,200 in fundraiser ticket pur­chases from May 16 to Aug. 21. His op­po­nent, Rose Fred­er­ick (D), re­ceived $3,518 in con­tri­bu­tions from June 11 to Aug. 21.

He­witt said he was

“very over­whelmed” by the “gen­er­ous” do­na­tions he’s re­ceived from res­i­dents and en­ti­ties, and was en­cour­aged by the re­cep­tion he had dur­ing his fundraiser.

Fred­er­ick held off on hold­ing fundrais­ers dur­ing the sum­mer, since fam­i­lies typ­i­cally go away on va­ca­tion and want to spend time with each other.

“I don’t want to bur­den them with fundrais­ers,” she said in an in­ter­view. Fred­er­ick said she plans on hold­ing more events come Septem­ber, when kids are back in school.

He­witt out­spent Fred­er­ick, to­tal­ing $9,840 in ex­pen­di­tures, com­pared to Fred­er­ick’s spend­ing of $6,857. Fred­er­ick had a prior bal­ance of $4,887, and is left with a cash bal­ance of $1,549.

He­witt spent most of his monies on me­dia items and cam­paign ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing sig­nage, brochures and bill­boards, to­tal­ing $5,663, and $1,332 on fundrais­ing fees. He­witt re­ceived the most con­tri­bu­tions and to­taled the most ex­pen­di­tures out of all com­mis­sioner can­di­dates who had filed by dead­line.

Fred­er­ick spent $4,568 on me­dia and cam­paign ma­te­ri­als, and $1,820 on postage.

He­witt, a re­tired busi­ness­man, re­ceived do­na­tions from a num­ber of en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing $2,500 from Qual­ity Built Homes in Prince Fred­er­ick, $2,500 from Cur­tis In­vest­ment Group in Camp Springs, and $500 from nu­mer­ous groups, in­clud­ing Lisa Bene­field of Hol­ly­wood on be­half of King’s Chris­tian Academy; the Mary­land Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion; Wind­ward Land De­vel­op­ment; Mervell Dean, LLC in Hol­ly­wood; C&C Plumb­ing and Sep­tic in Hol­ly­wood; Last Dol­lar Prop­er­ties; and A&C Con­crete in Me­chan­icsville. He­witt also re­ceived $500 from Charles Cuf­fley of Hol­ly­wood, $500 from Joseph Val­land­ing­ham of Cle­ments, $500 from Dale Tay­lor of Hol­ly­wood and $500 from James Win­ters, owner of Win­ters Sheet Metal, Inc.

He­witt said he ap­pre­ci­ates the do­na­tions.

“These peo­ple are in­vest­ing in me,” he said. “It’s about peo­ple hav­ing faith in you. When they have faith in you, they want to con­trib­ute.”

He­witt also re­ceived do­na­tions from Par­lett Af­fil­i­ated Com­pa­nies in the amount of $250, and from Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s), com­mis­sion­ers John O’Con­nor (R), Todd Mor­gan (R), and Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent Randy Guy (R), and from Thomas Phe­lan (D), run­ning for St. Mary’s County sher­iff, Deb­bie Mills-Burch (R), a can­di­date for St. Mary’s County cir­cuit court clerk, Guy Clarke, run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent against in­cum­bent O’Con­nor for his com­mis­sion seat and mem­ber of the St. Mary’s County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and former Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Thomp­son (R).

Fred­er­ick’s top donors in­clude $679 from Michael Young of Camp Springs, $544 from Bram­bly Inn in Abell, and $500 from Big D&H Hold­ing, LLC in Leonard­town.

“You can have a boat­load of fund­ing, but you need peo­ple to come out and vote. That’s what mat­ters,” Fred­er­ick said.

Ti­mothy Ridgell (D), owner of Ch­e­sa­peake Tro­phy in Lex­ing­ton Park who is vy­ing for the seat left by Com­mis­sioner Jar­boe (R), who is not run­ning for re­elec­tion, raised $7,500 from June 11 to Aug. 21, and has a bal­ance of $5,414. His op­po­nent, Eric Colvin (R), raised $1,301 in con­tri­bu­tions, end­ing the fil­ing period with $624 in the bank.

Colvin, mostly self-fund­ing his cam­paign, pre­vi­ously told The En­ter­prise that he is not so­lic­it­ing cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, but ac­cepts do­na­tions from sup­port­ers.

“At the end of the day, vot­ers look at the ac­tual can­di­date, and what the can­di­date has to of­fer,” Colvin said. Ridgell’s cam­paign cash “makes it a lit­tle eas­ier for him to get his mes­sage out there, but it just means I have to work harder,” he added.

Ridgell spent $2,596 on print­ing and cam­paign ma­te­ri­als and $302 on fundrais­ing ex­penses. His largest donors are Ge­orge Aud of Elkridge on be­half of Great Mills Heat­ing & Air at $1,000; AB&H Ex­ca­vat­ing Inc in Call­away, who con­trib­uted $500; CA Bean Inc. in Cal­i­for­nia at $450; Joseph Knott of Great Mills at $500 and Vail Rigby LLC in Leonard­town at $500.

Ridgell did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Colvin has re­ceived do­na­tions from CMI Group LLC and CMI As­so­ci­ates in Char­lotte Hall, both at $100, and took in a com­bined $200 from Char­lotte Hall Square LLC and Char­lotte Hall Self Stor­age LLC.

Roy Alvey, who of­fi­cially en­tered the race late June and is run­ning un­af­fil­i­ated against Colvin and Ridgell, re­ported a bank bal­ance of $24,790, which in­cludes $4,000 in loans. Alvey spent $1,416 on print­ing and cam­paign ma­te­ri­als from June 29 to Aug. 21.

Alvey did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Clarke raised $4,465 dur­ing the fil­ing period, and spent $2,727 on cam­paign ma­te­ri­als and $384 on fundrais­ing ex­penses. O’Con­nor re­ported a bal­ance of $831, with no ex­pen­di­tures or con­tri­bu­tions.

Howard J. Thomp­son (D), chair of the plan­ning com­mis­sion and can­di­date for com­mis­sioner pres­i­dent, re­ceived $4,650 in con­tri­bu­tions from United In­dus­trial Workers in Camp Springs for $1,000, Bernard Bea­van in the amount of $500, C&C Plumb­ing & Sep­tic, also for $500, and $500 from Mary Leigh Har­less of Lex­ing­ton Park.

Thomp­son’s op­po­nent, in­cum­bent Guy, filed an af­fi­davit, al­though it did not ap­pear on the state board of elec­tions web­site.

Mor­gan, who is run­ning un­op­posed, re­ported a bank bal­ance of $33,473, with $1,000 in con­tri­bu­tions from Grasso Re­alty Group, LLC in La Plata, and spent $20 on a fee for fil­ing his re­port af­ter the dead­line.

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