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