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).  Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball (D)  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: $1,083,863Receipts: $135,703Expenditures: $222,563Cash on hand: $997,003 Businessman Steuart Pittman (D)Previous balance: $301,164Receipts: $131,424Expenditures: $109,986Cash on hand: $322,602 Baltimore County State Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. (R)Previous balance: $53,263Receipts: $195,637Expenditures: $130,151Cash on hand: $118,748 Former state Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. (D)*Previous balance: $258,060Receipts: $560,874**Expenditures: $397,724Cash 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: $104,525Receipts: $40,449Expenditures: $37,427Cash on hand: $107,546 County Executive Jan Gardner (D)Previous balance: $102,662Receipts: $49,675Expenditures: $6,503Cash on hand: $145,833 Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman (R)Previous balance: $778,234Receipts: $98,771Expenditures: $187,127Cash on hand: $689,898 County Councilman Calvin Ball (D)Previous balance: $261,874Receipts: $172,333Expenditures: $43,977Cash on hand: $390,230 [email protected]

Josh Kurtz
Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.

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