Afzali Has Huge Financial Lead in Frederick County ​Primary

Del. Kathy L. Afzali enters the final weeks before the Frederick County executive primary with a commanding fundraising advantage over her two GOP rivals. Afzali, a two-term legislator and head of the Frederick County legislative delegation, raised $30,543 in the fundraising period that ended last week. She has now raised more than $130,000, significantly more than her two opponents. After accounting for $21,155 in expenditures, she enters the final month of the contest with $111,075 in the bank. CPA Regina M. Williams, the former budget officer for Frederick County, raised $21,635 in the January-May reporting period. She now has $21,368 cash on hand. Kirby Delauter, a businessman and former county commissioner now serving on the Frederick County Council, raised $30,162 in the reporting period just ended. After accounting for $24,503 in expenditures, he has $19,263 heading into the final month before the June 26 primary.  Del. Kathy Afzali  The winner of the three-way Republican battle will take on incumbent Jan Gardner (D). Gardner, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, raised $30,862 in the last four months, pushing her total contributions over $105,000 this cycle. Given very modest spending so far — less than $7,000 — she has $100,535 in her campaign account as she waits to see who her general election opponent will be. Afzali received $1,000 each from Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh (R) and U.S. Rep. Andrew P. Harris. She also took in a large number of smaller donations, which she said reflects the connections she has made representing the more rural parts of the county in the legislature.  “I send out my newsletter from Annapolis and I write it myself,” she said.  “They’re personal.  Bills I love, Bills I hate.  People appreciate it.” Afzali said her large haul reflects an enthusiasm for her candidacy. “They see me as a fresh beginning,” someone who will modulate between the “growth on steroids” crowd and those who are “anti-growth.” [email protected]

Bruce DePuyt
Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.


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