Democrat Jim Brochin hit the radio airwaves this week with the first broadcast ads in the race to become the next Baltimore County executive.
The 60-second spot has been airing on several Baltimore radio stations, including WBAL (1090 AM), Z104.3, Today’s 101.9 and 102.7 Jack FM. The ad buy cost about $175,000, Brochin said.
The ad is narrated by a woman who is Brochin’s neighbor saying he is “one of the really good guys.” She runs through a list of votes and policy positions Brochin has taken before concluding that Brochin is “the real Democrat for Baltimore County executive.”
In Baltimore County, growth and development are among the toughest issues handled by county government. Four of the leading candidates for county executive spoke before a crowd of more than 100 real estate agents, builders and mortgage professionals on Tuesday.
Two claims relate to votes Brochin has taken as a member of the state Senate: banning assault weapons and voting to “take guns away from domestic abusers.”
Not all of the leading candidates had opportunities to vote on those bills, including Democrat Vicki Almond, who serves on the County Council, and Republican Al Redmer Jr., who is the state’s insurance commissioner.
In 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Brochin voted for the state’s Firearms Safety Act that banned many assault weapons. Democratic candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr. and Republican candidate Pat McDonough, both state delegates at the time, voted against the bill.
In 2009, Brochin voted for a bill that gave judges the authority to order people to surrender their guns when a protective order is placed against them. Olszewski and McDonough voted against the measure.
As for Towson Row and Towson Manor Park, Brochin was outspoken on those issues. He railed against the Baltimore County Council’s vote to give the financial deal to the Towson Row developers and he opposed then-County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s plan to relocate a fire station to the park.
Analysis: Brochin’s ad is generally factual, though it may overstate his role on some issues. It crams in a lot of information about the candidate in 60 seconds and serves to introduce Brochin to voters.
Brochin could benefit from being the first to go on the airwaves in the county executive’s race, though the other candidates are expected to follow suit as the election nears. The primary election is on June 26, with early voting starting June 14.