Delegate Eileen M. Rehrmann, D-District 34, has raised about $225,000 in her bid for county executive -- about five times as much as her Republican opponent, Geoffrey R. Close.

Campaign financial statements filed Friday show that Rehrmann's $225,200 includes a $10,000 contribution from Gov. William Donald Schaefer's campaign committee.

Schaefer has visited the county several times during the campaign to appear with Rehrmann at public events.

The governor's contribution, which came from his campaign committee, Reflections, is Rehrmann's largest single contribution, her statement shows.

Close, a former Bel Air commissioner and mayor, has raised $48,504 in the race, records filed at the county Board of Elections Friday show.

A real estate agent, Close's largest contribution came from the Harford County Association of Realtors PAC, which gave the candidate $6,070, the report says.

Since the primary election in September, Rehrmann has spent $58,197 on her campaign -- more than twice the amount spent by Close, the statements show.

Close has spent $24,002 since the primary.

The statements show that with just about a week left in the race Rehrmann has $16,308 left in her campaign coffers, while Close has a balance of $6,344.

Although the figures show that Rehrmann is far ahead of Close in campaign contributions, most of her money was raised before the primary, the documents reveal.

Rehrmann has raised $36,510 since the September primary election, the statements say. She raised $188,690 before the primary, in which she handily defeated out-going County Councilwoman Barbara A. Risacher, D-District A.

Meanwhile, Close -- unopposed in the primary -- has raised $26,009 since the primary. The former Bel Air town commissioner and mayor raised about $22,495 before the September election, his financial report shows.

Close, a real estate agent, also received other contributions from the housing industry, including $1,740 from home-builder H. Carl Stephen, of Bel Air, the reports say.

Rehrmann received a total of $1,300 from several political action committees, including donations from the Harford County Education Association PAC, the Chesapeake & Potomac Maryland State PAC, the Maryland State United Auto Workers PAC, the Signet Bank Maryland State PAC, and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37 PAC, the statement says.

Close received $1,000 from the Republican National Committee, the report says.

Rehrmann also received $500 from several labor unions, the report says.

The Democrat also got contributions from a number of local and state politicians, including U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski; Delegate Charles J.

Ryan, D-District 23; Delegate Tyras S. Athey, D-District 32; Delegate Ronald A. Guns, D-District 36; Delegate John S. Arnick, D-District 7; and state Sen. Laurence Levitan of Montgomery County.

Politicians running in county races this year who contributed to Rehrmann's campaign include Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Arthur Helton, Philip J. Barker, Robert E. Comes, Charles B. Anderson, William H. Amoss, Theresa Pierno and G. Edward Fielder, the report says. Most of these officials bought tickets to Rehrmann fund-raisers.

Both Rehrmann and Close received a majority of their money from fund-raiser ticket sales and small contributions from county businesses and citizens, the reports say.

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