In District 5 race, Dixon has most funds left to spend

October 30, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

As of last week incumbent Richard N. Dixon, a Democratic District 5 delegate, had more money to spend in the last weeks of the campaign than his five opponents, campaign finance records show.

Mr. Dixon of Westminster, who is seeking a fourth term, had raised a total of $17,447 and had $7,985 remaining last week, records show.

He also had collected more money since late August -- $12,449 -- than others in the race for three Carroll County delegate seats.

Mr. Dixon was the high vote-getter in the Sept. 13 primary and won all election districts in District 5, which includes most of Carroll County. He is the only incumbent in the race.

Candidates in local races were required to file financial reports for the period Aug. 29 through Oct. 23 at the Board of Supervisors of Elections by Friday.

Three Democrats and three Republicans are competing in the District 5 race. The top three vote-getters in the Nov. 8 election will be elected.

Of the three Republicans in the race, Nancy Reter Stocksdale of Westminster had the most cash on hand last week. She had raised a total of $12,811 and had $2,297 left, records show.

She also had raised more than the other Republicans since late August. Records show she collected $5,823 in the past two months.

Mrs. Stocksdale was the high vote-getter on the Republican ticket in the primary and also won every election district.

Republican W. David Blair, who lives north of Melrose, had raised slightly more than Mrs. Stocksdale -- $12,899 -- by last week, but had slightly less remaining -- $2,027. He was the second highest vote-getter in the Republican primary.

The other Republican in the race -- Joseph M. Getty of Manchester -- had raised $8,333 and had $104 remaining. When he entered the race in July, Mr. Getty pledged to run a quiet campaign.

"I got into it wanting to do an old-fashioned campaign, which means not spend much money and have a low-key approach," he said.

On the Democratic side, Ellen L. Willis of Westminster had raised $19,396 as of last week and had $2,059 remaining. She was the second highest vote-getter in the Democratic primary.

Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg had raised $10,328 and had $3,827 remaining.

Details about the candidates' finances as reported to the Board of Elections include:

* Mr. Dixon -- Of the $12,449 he collected during the two-month period, $5,600 came from a fund-raiser breakfast and $3,150 from political action committees. The rest was collected through individual contributions and in-kind services.

The two largest PAC donations were $1,000 from the Maryland Association of Realtors and $500 from the Maryland Business-Industry PAC.

Mr. Dixon also received money from the Maryland Motor Truck Association, the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association, the Bell Atlantic Maryland State PAC and the Maryland Food PAC.

House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. of Cumberland contributed $700. Mr. Taylor is scheduled to attend a fund-raiser today for Mr. Dixon.

Mr. Dixon received three local business donations -- $500 from Martin K. P. Hill, who owns Masonry Contractors Inc. in Manchester; $450 from Tevis Oil Inc. in Westminster; and $300 from the Wakefield Valley Golf Club.

* Ms. Willis -- Of the $10,993 she collected during the past two months, $6,000 came from fund-raisers and individual contributions and $2,750 came from PACs.

The largest PAC contributions were from the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association ($1,750) and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters ($1,150).

Ms. Willis also received $500 each from Mr. Taylor, Tevis Oil and Elkins Services Inc., a Westminster employment agency.

She lent her campaign $750.

* Mr. Deitchman -- Of the $2,715 he raised in the past two months, $1,890 came from individual contributions and $750 from a PAC.

Mr. Deitchman said his father, a former employee of the Baltimore City finance department, has been writing to long-time friends to ask for donations.

Mr. Deitchman's parents, Harry and Irene Deitchman of Baltimore, have contributed $540, and companies his father has worked with have given $1,450, records show.

Most of Mr. Deitchman's contributions have come from outside the county and the state. The candidate said he does not want anyone in the district to "have a hold on me."

He said he did not want to accept any PAC money, but found it necessary in order to have enough money for his campaign. The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association donated $500.

"Once elected, I won't accept any PAC money," Mr. Deitchman said.

His father lent his campaign $2,500.

* Mrs. Stocksdale -- Of the $5,823 she raised in the past two months, $2,075 came from individual contributions and $2,250 from special-interest groups.

She received $1,500 from the Maryland GOP Senate-House Committee, which works to get more Republicans elected; $500 from the GOP PAC in Washington; and $42 worth of mailing labels from the Home Builders Association of Maryland.

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