Thomp­son racks up most con­tri­bu­tions in four races for county com­mis­sioner

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

With elec­tion day around the cor­ner, St. Mary’s County com­mis­sioner can­di­dates re­ported a range of fundrais­ing and spend­ing in their fi­nal cam­paign fi­nance re­ports be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion, with two Demo­cratic can­di­dates out­rais­ing their op­po­nents.

From Aug. 22 to Oct. 21, the lat­est cam­paign fi­nance re­port­ing pe­riod, J. Howard Thomp­son, the Demo­cratic can­di­date run­ning for com­mis­sioner pres­i­dent, raked in $20,505 in con­tri­bu­tions, which in­cluded $17,128 in di­rect do­na­tions and $3,375 in to­tal from the county’s Demo­cratic cen­tral com­mit­tee, Roberta Loker’s cam­paign and the Real­tors Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee. With the most to­tal donors of the can­di­dates, Thomp­son more than dou­bled his con­tri­bu­tions from the last re­port­ing cy­cle end­ing in Au­gust.

Thomp­son at­tributes the jump in do­na­tions in part to “a re­ally good fundraiser” at Bowles Farm in Au­gust, but added, “I guess I’m just very for­tu­nate. I’ve talked to a lot of peo­ple and they’ve con­trib­uted gen­er­ously … I’m lucky enough they be­lieve in me and want to help.”

Thomp­son also out­spent the other can­di­dates, with ex­pen­di­tures to­tal­ing $12,608, mostly on printed cam­paign ma­te­ri­als and fundrais­ing ex­penses. Thomp­son is end­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod with $15,475 in cam­paign cash, more than the other com­mis­sioner can­di­dates.

With­out giv­ing up his “trade se­crets,” Thomp­son said he was fol­low­ing the ad­vice of for­mer county com­mis­sion­ers and other suc­cess­ful can­di­dates who told him to “hold off ‘til the end. You want your big­gest bang at the end. That’s what you want peo­ple to re­mem­ber: who and what you’re run­ning for, and why you’re run­ning,” he said.

Thomp­son’s largest do­na­tions in­clude $1,727 from Dale Rausch, a Leonard­town res­i­dent; $1,480 from DuWayne Pot­ter of Leonard­town; $1,000 from BERC Inc. in Great Mills; $1,000 from Tom Hodges; a to­tal of $828 from Hol­ly­wood res­i­dent Sean Coogan; $850 from for­mer Repub­li­can county com­mis­sioner Shelby Guazzo; a to­tal of $750 from Paul Parish of Val­ley Lee; and $600 from Belinda Phillips in Cle­ments.

Thomp­son ended the pe­riod with $15,475 in the bank.

Thomp­son’s op­po­nent, in­cum­bent Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent Randy Guy (R), again filed an af­fi­davit, in­di­cat­ing he did not in­tend to re­ceive or spend more than $1,000 over the re­port­ing pe­riod.

“I guess he just wants to keep it sim­ple,” Thomp­son said about Guy’s af­fi­davit.

Guy, who has not raised or spent over $1,000 over the course of his cam­paign, said he is ramp­ing up cam­paign ex­penses in the last few weeks lead­ing up to the elec­tion. “My the­ory is that peo­ple don’t pay a whole lot of at­ten­tion to ad­ver­tis­ing un­til about a week or two be­fore the elec­tion,” Guy said.

Guy is us­ing cam­paign ma­te­ri­als left over from his 2014 bid, he said. He noted that in 2014, his op­po­nent, in­cum­bent Jack Rus­sell (D), lost af­ter spend­ing “three times as much as I did,” he said. “It’s just the peo­ple’s choice.”

Rose Fred­er­ick, the Demo­crat vy­ing for in­cum­bent Com­mis­sioner Mike He­witt’s seat, re­ceived $14,393 in con­tri­bu­tions, com­pared to He­witt’s con­tri­bu­tions that to­tal $6,210, in­clud­ing $1,590 in di­rect con­tri­bu­tions, $1,000 from the Real­tors Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee and $3,620 from ticket pur­chases.

Dur­ing the last cam­paign fi­nance pe­riod in Au­gust, He­witt (R) eas­ily raked in the most con­tri­bu­tions with $25,385, which in­cludes di­rect do­na­tions and $21,200 in ticket pur­chases.

In this cy­cle, He­witt re­ceived $2,500 from S. Hunt Aero LLC, an air­craft main­te­nance ser­vice; $500 from Lau­rel Creek LLC; and $100 from St. Clair En­ter­prises. He­witt is end­ing the pe­riod with $11,989 of on hand cash, com­pared to Fred­er­ick’s bank balance of $6,376.

He­witt spent $11,346 over the course of the re­port­ing pe­riod, in­clud­ing $5,950 on me­dia ad­ver­tis­ing, $3,966 on fundrais­ing ex­penses and $1,036 on print­ing. Fred­er­ick racked up $9,566 in ex­pen­di­tures, spend­ing $3,942 on me- dia ad­ver­tis­ing, $3,382 on printed cam­paign ma­te­ri­als and $2,050 on fundrais­ing ex­penses.

Fred­er­ick re­ceived do­na­tions from Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent Wil­liam Clay­ton, who do­nated $2,176; Holl­wood res­i­dent Harold Herndon, who gave $500; John Alonzo Gaskin, a mem­ber of the St. Mary’s County NAACP, who gave $480; Guazzo, who do­nated $300; JMDJ

LLC, which gave $250;

Henry Jack­son of Hol­ly­wood, who do­nated

$320; Mi­nor­ity Out­reach Coali­tion of St. Mary’s County, which gave $260; $85 from Demo­crat com­mis­sioner can­di­date Ti­mothy Ridgell; $70 from Demo­crat sher­iff’s can­di­date Ted Bel­leav­oine; and $250 from John Wood of Me­chan­icsville.

Unaf­fil­i­ated can­di­date Clarke Guy brought in $9,770 in con­tri­bu­tions and $3,725 in ticket pur­chases, end­ing the pe­riod with $3,589. He is run­ning against in­cum­bent Com­mis­sioner John O’Con­nor (R).

Guy re­ceived di­rect do­na­tions from Leonard­town Mayor Dan Bur­ris in the amount of $100 and brought in a to­tal of $1,000 from Great Mills Trad­ing Post, $800 from Guazzo, $500 from River­side LLC in Leonard­town and $500 from Wind­ward Land De­vel­op­ment of Great Mills.

Guy spent $3,786 on printed ma­te­ri­als, $1,887 on me­dia ad­ver­tis­ing and $2,165 on var­i­ous ex­pen­di­tures, which in­clude si­lent auc­tion items and cater­ing for fundrais­ers.

O’Con­nor ended the fil­ing pe­riod with $3,919 in the bank, af­ter bring­ing in $7,295 in con­tri­bu­tions. He re­ceived $5,000 from Great Mills Trad­ing Post, $500 from Vale Rugby LLC, $500 from Joseph Knott and $500 from the Real­tors Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

O’Con­nor used cam­paign money to re­im­burse him­self for field ex­penses and sig­nage, and spent a to­tal of $4,202. He is end­ing the pe­riod with $10,075 in out­stand­ing obli­ga­tions to him­self and $6,004 to dbF a Me­dia Com­pany, a video pro­duc­tion group in La Plata.

Ridgell, Demo­cratic can­di­date for the Dis­trict 1 com­mis­sioner seat, brought in $3,310 in con­tri­bu­tions and ticket sales since the re­port­ing pe­riod be­gan, and spent $7,002, in­clud­ing $2,412 on me­dia ad­ver­tis­ing and $3,073 on printed ad­ver­tis­ing items.

Some of Ridgell’s no­table do­na­tions in­clude $100 from for­mer del­e­gate John Bo­hanan, $100 from for­mer deputy di­rec­tor of the St. Mary’s County Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Robin Fin­na­com, $900 from John Culli­son of Lex­ing­ton Park, $400 from Last Dol­lar Prop­er­ties in Great Mills, $150 from Olde Towne In­sur­ance and $350 from D2 Af­ford­able De­vel­op­ment in Tall Tim­bers.

Ridgell’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent, Eric Colvin, saw a large in­crease in cam­paign do­na­tions com­pared to pre­vi­ous re­ports, rak­ing in $4,325.

Colvin chose not to so­licit con­tri­bu­tions through­out his cam­paign. Af­ter spend­ing $4,203, in­clud­ing $2,978 for a mail­ing ser­vice and $819 on print­ing, Colvin ended the pe­riod with $745 in the bank.

Colvin re­ceived the most do­na­tions from fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing $1,500 from Camille Colvin, but also re­ceived do­na­tions from the Mary­land State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion in the amount of $250, and $1,000 from Real­tors Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

Roy Alvey, the unaf­fil­i­ated op­po­nent of Colvin and Ridgell, did not re­port any con­tri­bu­tions this fil­ing pe­riod. Alvey spent $2,892 on me­dia ad­ver­tise­ments, and is end­ing the pe­riod with $863 in the bank and $6,000 in two out­stand­ing loans to him­self.

Alvey

Thomp­son

He­witt

Randy Guy

O’Con­nor

Ridgell

Colvin

Clarke Guy

Fred­er­ick

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