Willis, Blair lead campaign fund race for District 5 House of Delegates seats CAMPAIGN 1994

August 19, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Democrat Ellen L. Willis and Republican W. David Blair have raised more money than other candidates in the race for three District 5 House of Delegates seats.

Ms. Willis of Westminster, who also ran for a seat in 1990, had $7,052 to spend as of this week. Mr. Blair of Manchester, who is making his first run for elected office, had $7,987. Other candidates have raised from $749 to $6,500, records show.

Candidates in local races were required to mail their first financial reports to the Board of Supervisors of Elections by Tuesday.

Four Democrats and eight Republicans will be on the ballot in the Sept. 13 primary. The top three vote-getters from each party will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

The race drew many candidates because Carroll County will gain a third delegate seat next year as a result of 1991 redistricting. The 5th District no longer will include part of Baltimore County and will not be divided into subdistricts 5A and 5B.

The race also isn't weighted with incumbents. Democrat Richard N. Dixon is the only sitting delegate running. Republican Richard C. Matthews, who had represented the 5th District for 27 years, announced last month that he would retire.

Democrat Larry A. LaMotte, who had represented subdistrict 5B, lives in Baltimore County and would have had to run in the 11th District this year. He announced last month that he would not run.

Ms. Willis has raised most of her money through contributions from individuals and political action committees, records show. She received $3,695 in contributions from individuals and $2,000 from PACs, including $1,000 each from the Maryland Trial Lawyers PAC and Harriet's List, a committee formed to elect more women to office in Maryland. Ms. Willis also received $200 from Mr. LaMotte and $407 in in-kind services. She lent her campaign $750, records show.

Mr. Blair has raised most of his money through ticket sales for fund-raising events, including tickets to win a weekend trip to Ocean City.

Records show he raised $4,611 from ticket sales, $1,180 from contributions and $40 from the Bell Atlantic of Maryland PAC. Mr. Blair is a senior engineer at Bell Atlantic Network Services in Silver Spring. He also received $685 in in-kind services and had ++ $1,471 from a previous reporting period -- of that amount, $1,271 was from his own pocket, records show.

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

* Mr. Dixon of Westminster -- $4,915. All but $110 of this amount was collected during a previous reporting period, records show.

* Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg -- $4,635. Of that amount, $2,500 was a loan from a relative, $2,060 came from contributions and ticket sales and $75 from in-kind services. Of the 39 contributors listed in his campaign report, 32 showed addresses outside of Carroll. He also received $200 from the Kurt Schmoke Committee.

* Eric R. Hirtle of Westminster -- a copy of his report was not available at the Carroll office of the Board of Supervisors of Elections yesterday.

Mr. Hirtle is running as part of a statewide slate of candidates who support Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. and also is seeking a seat on the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee. Papers filed by the LaRouche slate for the central committee office, which is called Marylanders for the Revival of the American System, show that the slate has raised $650.

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

* Nancy R. Stocksdale of Westminster -- $6,506. Of that, $3,285 came from contributions, $2,660 from ticket sales, $300 from a loan to herself and $261 from in-kind services and other sources, records show.

* Stephen R. Chapin Sr. of Westminster -- $5,575. Of that, he lent $5,000 to his campaign.

* Francis X. Walsh of Westminster -- $2,135. All but $150 of that amount came from contributions; he lent the $150 to himself, records show.

* Jerry L. Toadvine of Westminster -- about $2,100. Of that, he lent his campaign about $1,300.

* Joseph M. Getty of Manchester -- $1,000, half of which came from John A. Moag Jr., a Baltimore attorney. Mr. Getty also lent his campaign $200, records show.

* Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg -- $749, all of which came from himself. Mr. Mettle said he will not accept contributions from PACs or special-interest groups.

* Thomas J. Cassella of Westminster -- His report was not available yesterday and he could not be reached for comment.

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