Baltimore County executive race is financial mismatch

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000.

What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline.

This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.

Kamernetz's report showed little change in his treasury between June 9, the first day of the reporting period, and its close Aug. 19. His spending of $52,260 -- much of it in the closing weeks of the lightly contested June 24 primary campaign -- was largely offset by $46,875 in new fund-raising to leave him at $1.025 million.

Harman, who eked out a 20-vote victory in the GOP primary, reported having $2,996 in cash on hand but $2,310 in campaign debt. His primary victory came cheaply as he spent only $30.90 in the campaign's final weeks.

The Republican nominee said he remains undaunted by his rival's financial advantage, pointing to Councilwoman Vicki Almond's landslide victory in the Democratic primary over a Kamenetz-backed challenger.

"The people are out there telling me that they want a change," Harman said."I don't give a hoot about how much money he has in the bank . . . . It's going to pull him down."

Adele Kass, a spokeswoman for the Kamenetz campaign, had no immediate comment.


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