Three Republicans who were elected to county executive positions in 2014 after serving in the General Assembly have significant fundraising advantages over their Democratic opponents as they seek second terms, newly-released campaign finance statements show.
All three of the Republicans – Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh – are currently favored to win reelection. But Kittleman in particular could be vulnerable to Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball (D) if a national Democratic political wave rises in November.
Kittleman said in a statement that he essentially suspended fundraising operations over the past three weeks so he could focus full-time on helping Ellicott City recover from a catastrophic flood last month — its second in less than two years.
“I felt my campaign could suspend operations for a while so I could focus entirely on the emergency efforts,” he said. “The residents and businesses in Ellicott City have been through a lot in the last 22 months. There will be plenty of time for politics this fall; now is the time to focus on them.” Here are the fundraising totals for Kittleman, Schuh and Glassman — and their Democratic challengers — from May 16 to June 10: Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh (R)Prior: $1,089,577Total receipts: $58,843Total expenditures: $64,557Cash on hand: $1,083,863 Steuart Pittman (D)Prior: $266,977Total receipts: $54,655Total expenditures: $20,467Cash on hand: $301,164 Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R)Prior: $382,364Total receipts: $300Total expenditures: $40,068Cash on hand: $342,595 Maryann Connaghan Forgan (D)Prior: $210Total receipts: $0Total expenditures: $30Cash on hand: $180 Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R)Prior: $822,692Total receipts: $8,290Total expenditures: $52,747Cash on hand: $778,234 Calvin Ball (D)Prior: $250,767Total receipts: $30,050Total expenditures: $18,948Cash on hand: $261,874 firstname.lastname@example.org