Un­op­posed Evans boasts big re-elec­tion stash of cash

Fundrais­ing suf­fi­cient, Alexan­der’s foe in­sists

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation - BY TOM HOW­ELL JR.

Cam­paign-fi­nance re­ports tied to D.C. Coun­cil seats up for grabs this year show can­di­dates with widely di­ver­gent amounts of cash to play with in the home­stretch to the April 3 pri­mary elec­tions.

Jack Evans, Ward 2 Demo­crat and longest­serv­ing mem­ber of the D.C. Coun­cil, has $88,000 on hand even though he has no de­clared op­po­nent, ac­cord­ing to his March 10 fil­ing at the Of­fice of Cam­paign Fi­nance.

By con­trast, two Demo­cratic chal­lengers to Ward 7 in­cum­bent Yvette M. Alexan­der each re­port less than $10,000 in their cof­fers.

Can­di­dates whip­ping up votes in the final three weeks be­fore par­ti­san elec­tions had un­til mid­night on Mon­day to elec­tron­i­cally sub­mit their March 10 re­ports, of­fer­ing a trickle of re­ports through­out the day. Fundrais­ing in this year’s elec­tion cy­cle has been gen­er­ally fa­vor­able to in­cum­bents, who also en­joy the prospect of a split vote among their chal­lengers de­spite some en­er­getic cam­paigns.

One of Ms. Alexan­der’s high-pro­file op­po­nents, 27-year-old Kevin B. Chavous, has raised more than $38,000 and spent more than $29,000 to date, leav­ing him with $8,779 on hand, ac­cord­ing to his fil­ing.

Mr. Chavous said he is sat­is­fied with the cam­paign’s cof­fers en­ter­ing the home­stretch, but “we’re al­ways push­ing for more.”

“This is a grass-roots ef­fort,” he added. “Money is not go­ing to win this.”

He paused on Mon­day to tout a leg­isla­tive agenda he would in­tro­duce in his first three months in of­fice, in­clud­ing a cap on the tax rate se­niors re­ceive when they ap­ply for a homestead de­duc­tion, a “par­ent em­pow­er­ment act” that en­ables par­ents to trans­form low-per­form­ing schools, and use of the bud­get process to en­sure ser­vices from the Depart­ment of Public Works are funded and de­liv­ered in Ward 7.

Mr. Chavous said pe­riph­eral is­sues dur­ing the cam­paign — notably, a de­ferred-pros­e­cu­tion deal on charges he so­licited a pros­ti­tute near North Capi­tol Street on Dec. 16, which he says was a mis­un­der­stand­ing that he can ex­plain at a fu­ture date — have only slowed fundrais­ing from donors out­side the ward.

“We’re show­ing through our work we have a good chance to win,” he said.

Tom Brown, an­other Demo­crat gun­ning for Ms. Alexan­der’s seat, re­ported that he has raised slightly less and spent slightly more than Mr. Chavous, leav­ing him with only $1,331 on hand.

Among Demo­cratic chal­lengers to Vin­cent B. Orange’s at-large seat, E. Gail An­der­son Hol­ness re­ported $3,975 raised to date, $3,219 in ex­pendi-

tures and $458 on hand.

In Ward 4, Calvin Gur­ley raised about $1,650 to date, but has spent nearly all of it. His March 10 fil­ing only lists five small do­na­tions from him­self.

Mr. Evans has raised a whopping $337,844, spend­ing al­most $250,000. With or with­out his mas­sive war chest, Mr. Evans faces an easy route to re-elec­tion af­ter his sole op­po­nent dropped out months ago.

He also picked up an en­dorse­ment on Mon­day from the D.C. Cham­ber of Com­merce for his “proven record of un­der­stand­ing the needs of the Dis­trict busi­nesses we rep­re­sent.”

A baker’s dozen can­di­dates vy­ing for for­mer coun­cil mem­ber Harry Thomas Jr.’s seat in Ward 5 are also dis­clos­ing the fruits of their fundrais­ing ef­forts ahead of a May 15 spe­cial elec­tion.

De­lano Hunter gar­nered 178 votes in a straw poll Satur­day among Ward 5 Democrats, cap­tur­ing the top spot by a vast mar­gin ahead of Kenyan Mcduffie, who notched 79 votes. Frank Wilds col­lected 44 votes, while Rae Za­p­ata recorded 30 votes and Ron Mag­nus got 14 votes.

Wil­liam Bos­ton, Amanda Broadnax, Shelly Gard­ner, Kathy Hen­der­son and Drew Hub­bard each grabbed five or fewer votes, and Ruth Mar­shall, Bessie M. Newell and An­gel Sherri Al­ston failed to garner any.

Ms. Za­p­ata re­ported $2,100 in con­tri­bu­tions and has not spent any of it.

Ms. Hen­der­son has raised more than $1,700 and spent more than $400, ac­cord­ing to her fil­ing.


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