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Sixth District Republican candidate Joseph Brown Jr., considered his party's best bet to break a three-decade Democratic lock on City Hall, has raised twice as much money as the three candidates at the top of the GOP ticket, campaign finance reports show.

As of Oct. 22, Mr. Brown had raised $7,142 and had $2,455 on hand for the weeks before the Nov. 7 general election.

By contrast, Victor Clark Jr., the Republican candidate for mayor, raised only $1,000, half of it from his own pocket. Republican City Council president candidate Anthony D. Cobb collected $2,530, and GOP comptroller candidate Christopher McShane raised less than $300.

Mr. Brown, 37, an insurance and mutual fund salesman who is running for one of three council seats to represent Southwest Baltimore, said fund raising "has been difficult because I'm a Republican running in a Democratic city."

In spite of the difficulty, he said, the amount raised is "pretty close to what our goal was. We had a budget and we worked at it and got very close to what we need to run a very good race."

No Republican has served in City Hall since 1967 when Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin left office. The last Republican served on the council 53 years ago. Today, Democrats outnumber Republicans 9-to-1.

Yesterday was the deadline for the last campaign finance reports before the general election. However, state law also allows candidates to mail reports that are postmarked by the due date.

Several reports -- including those of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Lawrence A. Bell III, Democratic nominee for council president -- were unavailable for inspection yesterday.

Also unavailable were the reports from two Democrats running for City Council in the 6th District -- Edward Reisinger and the Rev. Norman A. Handy Sr., an incumbent.

In previous reports filed Sept. 1, Mr. Reisinger reported raising $16,254 and Mr. Handy $8,638.

Another 6th District incumbent, Democrat Melvin L. Stukes, filed a report yesterday showing he had raised $36,385 -- including a $4,400 loan from himself. He spent most of what he raised and had a balance of $474 for the rest of the campaign.

Of the two other Republicans running in the 6th District, Wayne Sherman's report was not available and Anthony Forlenza filed an affidavit with the city elections board saying he had raised less than $300, which exempts him from filing campaign reports.

Mr. Brown got contributions from fellow Republicans Martha S. Klima, a member of the House of Delegates from Baltimore County, and William Brock, former Reagan Cabinet member and unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland.

Other contributors included fellow church members and business owners.

Mr. Brown had $2,455 on hand after spending $4,687 -- most of it on campaign literature to distribute to the Southwest Baltimore district that includes neighborhoods of Cherry Hill, Pigtown, Morrell Park and Union Square.

Among other Republicans running for council seats, Tisha Dadd-Bulna collected $1,495 and Don Carver raised $4,041, including $872 of his own money. Both are seeking seats in East Baltimore's 1st District.

LTC Mr. Clark, challenging Mr. Schmoke's bid for a third term, had six contributors. He received $100 each from the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee and the Independent Republican Coalition, and a total of $300 from four individuals.

The bulk of Mr. Cobb's money came from the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee, which gave him $1,400. Mr. McShane filed an affidavit saying he had raised less than $300.

City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, who lost her bid to unseat Mr. Schmoke in last month's Democratic primary by 20 points, reported raising $973,980 for her campaign -- $220,263 of it since Aug. 28. She spent all but $6,781, including $133,609 on media advertising in the last two weeks before the Sept. 12 primary.

Among her last-minute contributors were former Baltimore deputy police commissioner Michael Zotos, $1,000; Rite Aid Corp., $1,000; and several Fells Point nightclubs, including Bohager's, which gave $500, and the Fells Point Cafe, which gave $250.

Among other reports filed yesterday, that of 1st District Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo reported he had raised $91,858 and still had $63,938.

Robert Curran, Democratic nominee for the 3rd District, raised $45,862, including a personal loan to his campaign of $18,100.

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