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Democrats outspending Republicans in Baltimore County executive primaries

In the race to become the next Baltimore County executive, Democrats are raising and spending much more money than Republicans.

As the June 26 primaries approach, Democratic candidate Jim Brochin has spent nearly $800,000 on television and radio ads, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show. He had $61,000 in the bank.

Brochin, a state senator from Cockeysville, began airing radio ads last week and TV commercials this week. His first TV ad touts his efforts to pass a law in this year’s General Assembly session that allows prosecutors, under some circumstances, to introduce evidence of prior sexual assaults when prosecuting alleged rapists.

Democratic candidates Vicki Almond and Johnny Olszewski Jr. are sitting on large amounts of cash.

Almond, a county councilwoman from Reisterstown, has more than $736,000 in the bank after raising $204,000 from Jan. 11 to May 15.

Olszewski, a former state delegate from Dundalk, has $541,000 in the bank after raising $185,000.

Almond and Olszewski are expected to go on air during the campaign, but have not yet reported purchasing radio or TV time.

The Republican candidates have much less money to work with at this point.

Al Redmer Jr., the state insurance commissioner from Middle River, raised $167,000 during the reporting period and has $122,000 cash on hand.

Patrick L. McDonough, a state delegate from Middle River, raised nearly $33,000 and has $22,000 in the bank.

McDonough noted in his report that he receives free office space from the Cordish Companies, which owns the Carroll Island Shopping Center where his campaign headquarters is located. McDonough estimated the value of the office space as $200 per month.

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