Thanks to a $250,000 personal loan, former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah has the most cash on hand in the race for Baltimore State’s Attorney, outpacing incumbent State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and fellow challenger Ivan Bates in the first campaign finance filing of 2018.
Three Democrats and two Republicans are running to replace County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a term-limited Democrat who is now running for governor.
The other Democrats are County Councilwoman Vicki Almond of Pikesville and former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. of Dundalk.
The Republicans in the race are state insurance commissioner Al Redmer Jr. and Del. Pat McDonough, both from Middle River.
All were required to file campaign finance reports by midnight Wednesday detailing how much money they raised over the past 12 months. In advance of filing their full reports, the campaigns shared summaries of their fundraising numbers.
“They say money talks and early money screams,” Redmer said in a statement. “The overwhelming early support from all around the county has been both humbling and motivating.”
Redmer’s candidacy is supported by Gov. Larry Hogan, who headlined a fundraiser for Redmer last fall.
McDonough isn’t deterred by having the least amount of money in the race.
“It’s not a concern at all,” he said. “Our money has been increasing consistently. We have a huge database of contributors. We have a large schedule of events coming up. I am totally confident now more than ever before that I will reach the amount I need to win the primary.”