Owens, spouse are big contributors Executive candidate, husband helping bankroll campaign

October 27, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

Janet Owens and her husband, David M. Sheehan, have bankrolled her bid to unseat County Executive John G. Gary to the tune of $44,000. The couple's money, most of it in loans, makes up nearly one-third of the $136,500 Owens had raised through Oct. 18, according to campaign finance reports.

The incumbent, meanwhile, improved his record-breaking money-raising effort to nearly $648,000 by that date. Gary, who has raised more money than any other candidate ever for Anne Arundel County executive, has nearly $79,000 in cash going into next week's general election, four times as much as Owens has available.

Sheehan contributed $34,300, all but $1,100 in loans, and Owens gave her campaign a $10,250 loan. Her next-largest donors are closely connected to the campaign. Campaign treasurer William F. Chaney and his wife gave $4,000, and his brother Richard H. Chaney gave $3,500. All are Lothian residents. Richard Chaney operates Chaney Enterprises, a concrete firm based in Waldorf with offices in Davidsonville.

Owens and Sheehan tapped their resources largely because traditional fund-raising doors were effectively shut leading to the primary as Democratic leaders lined up behind Owens' opponent, Councilwoman Diane R. Evans, Sheehan said.

"I think it demonstrates Janet's real commitment to seeking this office despite the obstacles that were put up against her," he said. "I have every confidence that my wife will be an outstanding county executive. We simply never hesitated using our resources, and we're grateful that we have them."

Raising money has gotten easier since Owens' primary win over Evans and since a Maryland State Teacher Association poll released last week showed Owens ahead of Gary by 13 percent, said Sheehan and Chaney.

"People like backing a winner," said Chaney, who had not added up the most recent contributions. Owens' campaign raised more than $41,000, not including the loans, from Aug. 31 through Oct. 18, according to the filing.

Gary pulled in more than $80,000 in the same period.

Major contributors to the Gary campaign include:

The Mills Corp., developer of the proposed Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, gave $3,500.

Brandywine Disposal Inc. of Fairmount Heights in Prince George's County gave $1,000 in September to raise its total contribution to $4,000, the maximum allowed by law.

Messick & Associates Inc., an Annapolis engineering company that does work for the county, has given $3,640.

Large sums also came in from Timbuktu, a Hanover restaurant, $3,500; Anarex Inc., a Millersville engineering company, $3,110 total; the Bernstein Cos., Washington, $3,000; Academy Junction Ltd. Partnership, Odenton, $2,750; and William K. Blanchet of Millersville, a construction company owner, $2,500 with his wife, Marnie.

Other top contributors included county Department of Public Works contractors, Buchart-Horn Inc. of Baltimore, $2,750, and Belle Grove Corp. of Baltimore, $2,630.

A company that figures in a county Ethics Commission investigation, A-A Recycle & Sand Inc. of Linthicum Heights, has given Gary $1,270. The commission is investigating the business relationship between outgoing County Councilman Thomas W. Redmond Sr., a Gary ally, and the company, which has a wood-waste recycling operation in Pasadena.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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