Judicial candidates raise over $168,000

October 31, 2004|By Phillip McGowan | Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF

Candidates for three Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judgeships have raised more than $168,000 since February, according to campaign finance reports filed Oct. 22 with the state Board of Elections.

This total comes on top of the $200,000 raised for the March 2 primary, which already was a record for a county judicial election.

The three sitting judges up for re-election Tuesday -- Michele D. Jaklitsch, David S. Bruce and Rodney C. Warren -- raised $108,830 in a combined campaign fund between Feb. 16 and Oct. 17.

The three incumbents were appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, in 2002 and would serve 15-year terms if re-elected.

Challenger Paul G. Goetzke, the counsel to the Annapolis mayor, has raised $60,257 during that period, which includes $37,500 in personal loans. Goetzke, a Republican, has promised not to accept contributions from lawyers.

Stephen P. Beatty, an assistant public defender in Baltimore, has raised $875, of which $300 came from the candidate himself. A Libertarian, he is the only candidate who skipped the primary.

Figures from the most recent finance report for challenger Paul F. Harris, a Republican attorney, were not available because of computer transmission problems. Harris, who carried over a balance of $7,055 from the primaries, was granted a 15-day extension to refile. He could not be reached for comment late Friday.

The judicial election is the only countywide race on the ballot.

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