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Incumbents Have Cash Edge in County Exec Races; Johnny O. Leads Redmer

Incumbents are winning the money chase in three highly-competitive county executive elections.

But the challengers are picking up the pace with the general election just 10 weeks away.

And in one of the most pivotal county executive races of the cycle, the Democratic nominee, former state Del. John A. “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr., has opened up a significant cash lead over State Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. (R).

Olszewski was the surprise winner in the three-way Democratic primary on June 26 and the vault is opening for him.

Redmer, who also won a hard-fought primary, is counting on his close relationship with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to pull him through.

Here are the basic fundraising totals in four close races for county executive. They cover the period June 10-Aug. 21.

Anne Arundel County County Executive Steve Schuh (R)

  • Previous balance: $1,083,863
  • Receipts: $135,703
  • Expenditures: $222,563
  • Cash on hand: $997,003

Businessman Steuart Pittman (D)

  • Previous balance: $301,164
  • Receipts: $131,424
  • Expenditures: $109,986
  • Cash on hand: $322,602

Baltimore County State Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. (R)

  • Previous balance: $53,263
  • Receipts: $195,637
  • Expenditures: $130,151
  • Cash on hand: $118,748

Former state Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. (D)*

  • Previous balance: $258,060
  • Receipts: $560,874**
  • Expenditures: $397,724
  • Cash on hand: $421,210

(*includes figures from Baltimore County Future Slate, which is also aligned with Olszewski. **includes a $20,000 loan from the candidate on June 19.)

Frederick County Del. Kathryn Afzali (R)

  • Previous balance: $104,525
  • Receipts: $40,449
  • Expenditures: $37,427
  • Cash on hand: $107,546

County Executive Jan Gardner (D)

  • Previous balance: $102,662
  • Receipts: $49,675
  • Expenditures: $6,503
  • Cash on hand: $145,833

Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman (R)

  • Previous balance: $778,234
  • Receipts: $98,771
  • Expenditures: $187,127
  • Cash on hand: $689,898

County Councilman Calvin Ball (D)

  • Previous balance: $261,874
  • Receipts: $172,333
  • Expenditures: $43,977
  • Cash on hand: $390,230

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