Dell leads commissioner candidates in fund raising, with $10,886 to spend

August 18, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County Commissioner Donald I. Dell, a Republican seeking a second term, has raised more money than the other nine candidates in the race, campaign finance records show. As of this week, he had $10,886 to spend.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, a Republican, had the second-highest amount on hand -- $9,600 -- all of which came from his own pocket. Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, a Democrat also seeking a second term, had the third-highest amount, $9,020.

Other candidates have raised $1,700 to $3,800, records show.

Candidates in local races were required to mail their first financial reports to the Board of Supervisors of Elections by Tuesday. The primary election is Sept. 13.

Five Democrats and five Republicans are vying for three commissioner seats. The top three voter-getters from each party will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

Mr. Dell of Westminster has raised $5,825 at fund-raising events, $4,440 from contributions and $121 from in-kind services. He also lent his campaign $500.

In the 1990 elections, when he was elected to a first term, he raised $22,586, according to campaign records. In the 1986 elections, when he lost his bid for a commissioner seat, he raised about $11,000.

The most recent reports show that Mr. Dell got more contributions from individuals or companies connected to the development industry than any other commissioner candidate. Records show he has received about $1,550 from these groups.

The largest contribution of this kind -- $300 -- was from Carroll Land Services, a Westminster engineering firm. Lynn Lee Construction Co. Inc., a Finksburg land development company, gave $200. North Carroll builder and developer Martin K. P. Hill gave $150, as did RTF Inc., a Westminster land surveyor.

Four years ago, Mr. Dell received about $3,200 from people or companies connected to development, campaign finance records show.

Local lawyers also have been contributors to both incumbent commissioners.

This year, Mr. Dell has received $500 from three Westminster attorneys. Half of that came from Charles D. Hollman, who often represents clients before the county Planning and Zoning Commission of which Mr. Dell is a member.

Attorney Robert H. Lennon, who was appointed to the Planning Commission last year, gave $150. The firm of Walsh & Fisher gave $100.

In 1990, Mr. Dell received $400 from attorneys, including $200 from Mr. Lennon and $100 from Mr. Hollman.

Mr. Lippy has gotten $3,630 from fund-raising events and $1,390 from contributions. He lent his campaign $4,000, records show.

In the 1990 elections, in which he was elected to his first term, he raised $12,107; of that amount, $6,904 was from his own pocket.

This year, Mr. Lippy has received $170 from individuals or businesses related to development -- $150 from Mr. Hill and $20 from Westminster Realtor Michael L. Mason. In 1990, he received $20 from one Realtor, records show.

This year, lawyers have given Mr. Lippy $490, including $100 from Mr. Hollman and $100 from Damian L. Halstad, a Westminster city councilman who is helping Mr. Lippy with his campaign.

Four years ago, Mr. Lippy received $100 from local attorneys.

Mr. Brown, who is running for a commissioner seat for the first time, said he will not accept contributions for his campaign and ++ even has returned some money to individuals.

"People are going to know exactly whose money I'm spending -- all mine," he said yesterday.

The other candidates for commissioner and the amounts they've raised so far are:

* Charles L. Stull, Republican of Deep Run -- $3,802. Of that amount, $705 came from contributions, $3,000 from a loan to himself and $97 from in-kind contributions.

* David Duree, Republican of New Windsor -- $3,032. Of that amount, $1,665 came from contributions, $340 from a loan to himself and $1,027 from in-kind contributions.

* David A. Grand, Democrat of Westminster -- about $2,300. Mr. Grand did not file a report with the Board of Supervisors of Elections because he said he originally planned to spend less than $300 in his campaign. But he has since decided to spend more, and last week said he has spent about $2,300 of his own money.

* Rebecca A. Orenstein, Democrat of Westminster -- $2,210, all from contributions.

* Cornelius M. "Neil" Ridgely, Democrat of Finksburg -- $2,127. Of that amount, $1,225 came from contributions, $79 from ticket sales, $400 from a loan to himself and $423 from in-kind VTC contributions.

* Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, Democrat of Westminster -- $1,750, all from a loan to himself.

Mr. Sensabaugh last ran for elected office in 1990, when he made a bid for a third term as Carroll County sheriff and lost to Republican John Brown by 227 votes. In that race, he spent $7,105, most of which came from fund-raising events, records show.

* Richard T. Yates, Republican of Eldersburg, mailed his campaign finance report to the elections board, and it had not arrived by yesterday.

In his losing 1990 campaign for a commissioner seat, Mr. Yates raised $10,467, records show. Of that amount, $7,197 was his own.

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