In­cum­bent sher­iff dwarfs chal­lenger’s fundrais­ing in the lat­est re­port­ing pe­riod

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­

The St. Mary’s sher­iff’s fi­nal pre-elec­tion cam­paign fi­nanc­ing re­port in­cluded a $4,000 con­tri­bu­tion ear­lier this month from the lo­cal Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice lodge, as he con­tin­ued to re­ceive con­sid­er­ably more in do­na­tions than his op­po­nent.

Tim Cameron, the Repub­li­can in­cum­bent seek­ing a fourth term as the county’s top elected law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, re­ceived $15,574 dur­ing the two-month re­port­ing pe­riod end­ing last week, his cam­paign’s re­port states, com­pared to $2,250 re­ceived by the cam­paign of Ted Bel­leav­oine, the Demo­cratic chal­lenger. As of the be­gin­ning of last week, Cameron’s cam­paign had a cash balance of $10,448, while Bel­leav­oine’s cam­paign had $2,086.

In­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions to Cameron’s

cam­paign dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod in­cluded ad­di­tional sup­por t from ear­lier donors, in the re­port list­ing an “ag­gre­gate-to-date” to­tal of $550 from his sec­ond in com­mand, Maj. Michael Mer­i­can. First-time do­na­tions dur­ing the cur­rent cam­paign in­clude $680 from O lde Town In­sur­ance in Leonard­town, and $863 from the law firm of Du­gan, McKis­sick and Long­more in Lex­ing­ton Park.

Bel­leav­oine’s lat­est cam­paign re­port lists its largest “ag­gre­gate-to-date” sup­port as $2,020 from David Zy­lak, a for­mer sher­iff whose bid for re-elec­tion to a sec­ond term in 2006 was de­feated by Cameron. Dur­ing the lat­est re­port­ing pe­riod, Wil­liam Ward of Alexan­dria, Va., con­trib­uted $1,000 to Bel­leav­oine’s cam­paign.

Wheeler holds fundrais­ing mar­gin in clerk’s race

In the race for elec­tion as St. Mary’s clerk of the cir­cuit court, fi­nance re­ports filed last week showed the cam­paign of Demo­cratic can­di­date Faye Wheeler col­lect- ing $5,091 dur­ing the two-month pe­riod, and the cam­paign of Deb­bie Mills Burch, the Repub­li­can can­di­date, re­ceiv­ing $150.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, the largest “ag­gre­gate to date” con­tri­bu­tions to Wheeler’s ef­fort that were listed in last week’s re­port con­sist of $1,050 from Tom Doyle of Lex­ing­ton Park and $2,335 from Louis H. Hin­dle of Val­ley Lee. The largest in­di­vid­ual cam­paign-en­tity trans­fer listed in the re­port to Wheeler’s cam­paign is $400 from the St. Mary’s County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The sole con­tri­bu­tion listed in Burch’s cam­paign fi­nance re­port filed last week is $150 from Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s).

Cash bal­ances listed in the two re­ports in­cluded $3,171 held by Wheeler’s cam­paign, and $471 for Burch’s cam­paign.

Also, the five can­di­dates, in­clud­ing two in­cum­bents, on the bal­lot for the three-mem­ber St. Mary’s or­phans’ court each filed af­fi­davits for the re­port­ing pe­riod that their in­di­vid­ual cam­paigns did not in­tend to re­ceive con­tri­bu­tions or make ex­pen­di­tures in the cu­mu­la­tive amount of $1,000 or more.

Al­bert “Al­lie” Bab­cock and Michael R. White, two Repub­li­cans now serv­ing as judges with the court, are seek­ing re-elec­tion, and the other can­di­dates in­clude for­mer judge Bill Mat­tingly, also a Repub­li­can, and Demo­cratic can­di­dates Deb­o­rah J. Cur­tis and Julie Ran­dall.



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