Hopkins leads in tally of campaign war chests Callahan, Vincent, others trail, statements show

July 05, 1992|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer

His May golf tournament was rained out, but contributions still poured into the campaign coffers of Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

Mr. Hopkins already has a campaign fund of $10,584, leading the pack of potential candidates well in advance of next year's mayoral race.

City law requires that prospective candidates for any elected office file annual financial statements by July 1, although the final deadline isn't until the end of the month. Candidates do not have to specify what office they're seeking.

The mayor's report showed he added $4,000 to his campaign chest in the last year, outdistancing undeclared mayoral candidates Dennis Callahan and Larry Vincent.

Mr. Callahan, a Democrat who served as mayor from 1985 to 1989, switched parties and registered as an Independent.

Mr. Vincent, a downtown shop owner who ran as a Republican in the last mayoral race, said he's "definitely interested" in another bid for office, but won't decide until fall.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, who also is mentioned frequently as a possible mayoral candidate, raised $800 more than the mayor, but ended up with a smaller balance, about $6,000.

Mr. Snowden, a frequent critic of the Hopkins administration, won't confirm plans to challenge the mayor next year. But he questioned Hopkins' statement, saying the mayor failed to include proceeds from a June 27 fund-raiser.

Mr. Hopkins said checks were still coming in, and the money would appear in the updated report to be filed by the end of the month.

Mr. Callahan raised about $5,000 since opening a campaign account in March.

Mr. Snowden added another $4,880 to his $6,945 campaign chest, but spent $5,656.

He boasts the largest coffer of any city alderman who has filed campaign expenses.

Alderman Samuel Gilmer, D-Ward 3, raised about $2,000, and Alderman Dean Johnson, I-Ward 2, has only $94.57 in his campaign chest.

Although his statement showed little more than an outstanding $432 debt, Mr. Vincent said he has raised several thousand dollars through the Republican Central Committee.

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