Carroll County Times

Busch has huge lead in Annapolis as Anne Arundel state office-seekers file finance reports

Del. Michael E. Busch has a massive lead over all District 30A candidates in fundraising, according to campaign finance statements released Wednesday.

The Friends of Mike Busch, the speaker of the House's fundraising arm, raised $266,278 from Jan. 10, 2013, to last Jan. 8, leaving him with more than $443,808 cash on hand. Busch is one of four candidates to file for election in the newly created District 30A.

The district was a product of 2011 redistricting legislation. The two-member district encompasses Annapolis and its outer suburbs.

Donations to Busch's campaign included a $4,000 check from Georgia Angelos, wife of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, and a $1,000 donation from EngagePoint Inc. in July.

EngagePoint was the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software firm hired to build Maryland Health Connection website before it ran into legal trouble and a contract dispute with main vendor Noridian Healthcare Solutions in November.

Busch also received $10,000 in one day from five different companies tied to real estate magnate David Cordish, the man behind Maryland Live! casino.

North East Plaza Associates, Worcester Retail LLC, Edgewater Partnership, Hampton Roads Associates and Holly Hall LLC each donated $2,000 to Busch's campaign on July 17.

All five companies list RC Ventures as resident agent. Reed Cordish, son of David Cordish and vice president of The Cordish Cos., is the resident agent of RC Ventures.

Del. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis, and his campaign raised more than $55,156 during the campaign cycle, leaving more than $64,000 in cash on hand. McMillan has yet filed for re-election, according to the state Board of Elections website, but is expected to run in the district.

Maria Triandos, an Annapolis Democrat, has $9,231 left in her campaign war chest while Democrat Laurie Sears Deppa's campaign has only $49.30 cash on hand after spending more than $3,285 during the last campaign cycle.

A campaign report for Democrat Chuck Ferrar was not posted to the state's reporting website as of 6 a.m. His campaign manager has been filed.

In other races for state office outside of Annapolis:

  • In District 30B, a House of Delegates seat is up for grabs. Del. Bob Costa, R-Deale, who currently represents the district, said he would retire this year after three terms in the House of Delegates.

Republican Seth Howard and Democrat Mitchelle Stephens have announced they are planning to run, though neither have officially filed with the Maryland Board of Elections.


According to campaign finance reports, Stephenson has raised just under $8,000 from small donations while Howard has raised $23,000. One of Howard's biggest contributors was Costa, who pledged $4,000 to his campaign.

In the


District 30

senatorial race, incumbent Sen. John Astle, D-Annapolis leads the race with $175,347 cash on hand.

One of Astle's announced competitors, Republicans Eric Delano Knowles has only $323 on hand. The incumbent's other competitor, Republican Don Quinn's finance report was not available early Thursday.

  • In District 33, state Sen. Ed Reilly is so far running uncontested. Reilly reported having just $10,900 cash on hand after an even fundraising year where he raised $26,500 and spent $25,500.
One donor to Reilly was Thomas Parlett, who serves as chairman of Community Services Center at Crownsville Inc., a group trying for years to develop the site of the Crownsville Hospital Center.

Due to redistricting, District 33 is gaining the seat held by Del. Ron George, R-Arnold, due to redistricting. But George is running for governor in 2014, so Dels. Cathy Vitale, R-Severna Park, and Del. Tony McConkey, R-Severna Park are the only incumbents.

Vitale leads in fundraising among all candidates in the district with $37,247 cash on hand. Meanwhile, McConkey has $6,752 in the bank.

Outside of the two incumbents who are running in 2014, Sid Saab is leading the way with $19,300 cash on hand.

Saab's donations include $530 from County Councilman Dick Ladd and Ladd's wife, Sabra.

Jeff Gauges raised more than Saab in the fundraising year, raising $18,775. But the Severna Park Republican ended the year with $11,248 in his account. Meanwhile, Nora Keenan has $6,752 on hand and Jamie Falcon, former chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in Anne Arundel, has just $3,011 cash on hand.

  • In District 21, which includes Prince George's County, nobody has filed with the State Board of Elections to challenge the incumbents in either the House or Senate.

Sen. Jim Rosapepe, D-College Park, raised about $60,600 to enter 2014 with $391,605, according to his report.


Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, D-College Park, doubled her cash on hand. Pena-Melnyk raised $36,700, putting her balance at $63,735 entering 2014. Meanwhile, Del. Barbara Frush, D-Prince George's, had $17,235 on hand.

- Due to the once-a-decade redrawing of state boundaries, District 31's delegates have been split into two districts.
  • In the new District 31A, the only seat guaranteed not to have an incumbent, neither announced candidate filed a report, because both they said they did not intend to make or spend more than $1,000.

Edward "Ned" Carey, a Democrat from Brooklyn Park, and Terry Lynn DeGraw, a Republican from Glen Burnie, are the two announced candidates.


District 31B

, House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena, has $16,181 in his personal bank, according to his finance report.

Kipke also is raising money for the House minority party's slate, House Victory Slate 2014. The slate raised $52,144 in the fundraising year and has $37,899 cash on hand.


Del. Don Dwyer, R-Pasadena, is expected to run again for delegate in 2014 but has yet to file for re-election. Therefore, he did not need to file a finance report.

Other announced candidates in the district include Meagan Simonaire, daughter of the Pasadena Republican senator. Simonaire had raised $10,170 during the fundraising year, ending with $9,270 on hand.

The finance report for Gus Kurtz, a Republican from Pasadena, was not available at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Democrat Stan Janor had no money in the bank at the time of his finance report being filed.

District 31

's senator, Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Pasadena, has one competitor. Simonaire has a little more than $41,000 cash on hand, about $2,400 less than he had the last time he filed a finance report.

But his opponent, Anthony Scott Harman, a Democrat from Brooklyn Park, had less than $500 on hand.

  • In District 32, Sen. James "Ed" DeGrange, D-Glen Burnie, has $273,960.22 going forward into the election. He raised $93,475 this past year to add to his prior balance of $213,491.70, and spent $33,006.48. DeGrange became senator in 1999.

Del. Pam Beidle, D-Linthicum, has $48,090.49 compared to a prior balance of $25,852.96. She raised $28,725 and spent $6,487.47.


Del. Ted Sophocleus, D-Linthicum, started off with $7,940.80 and now has $16,380.98. He raised $29,350 and spent $20,909.82.

Del. Mary Ann Love, D-Glen Burnie, has $18,997.89

going forward

. She received $1,450 to add to a prior balance of $17,925.89 and only spent $378 this year. Love has also filed a report for the pre-primary gubernatorial race with the same balance.

Democratic candidate Spencer Dove has $667 going forward. A campaign for Dove has raised $720.14 and spent $53.14 so far.
Jesse Mayer, a Republican running for District 32 House of Delegates, raised $197 and spent $10.37, and is left with $186.63.
Democratic candidate Steven Wyatt raised $150 in his campaign so far.
The other two candidates listed as running for District 32 House of Delegates, Democrat Tonja McCoy and Republican Joshua Kiracofe, have not filed a campaign finance report, according to the state Board of Elections website.