In the race to be Baltimore's next comptroller, City Council members Jacqueline F. McLean and Joseph T. "Jody" Landers III have each raised more than $60,000. But Mrs. McLean, a successful businesswoman, has more cash on hand to help win the Democratic primary nomination.
Of the $64,747 he raised, Mr. Landers has spent all but $3,132. Mrs. McLean, who collected $61,277, has $25,259 left in her campaign treasury, according to campaign finance reports made public yesterday and Tuesday. The Democratic primary is Sept. 12.
The third challenger in the race, city Register of Wills Mary Conaway, has raised about $20,000, according to Frank Conaway, the candidate's husband.
In her bid for comptroller, Mrs. McLean has sought to parlay her experience as the owner of a successful travel agency into votes. She has represented the 2nd District for two terms. Mr. Landers has worked full-time as a 3rd District councilman since his election in 1983.
Mrs. McLean gathered the bulk of her money -- $44,175 -- through sales of tickets to fund-raisers. She also received $1,000 each from the treasuries of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and his chief rival in the mayor's race, former Mayor Clarence H. "Du" Burns.
Among Mrs. McLean's expenses are $2,175 in salary to her daughter, Michelle McLean, and $2,000 to Mr. Schmoke's campaign committee. The finance report suggests that Mrs. McLean has yet to undertake a high-profile media campaign; she has spent only $3,224 in that area.
In contrast, Mr. Landers has spent $15,150 for posters, billboards, brochures and other media items.