Hucker has the most campaign money, Glass hits crowdfunding limit

With just 10 days to go until the July 19 primary, incumbent Montgomery County Council members running for re-election all have sizable bank accounts, with Evan Glass hitting the limit to receive public campaign funding and spend the most money. money since early June, according to state and county records.

Glass, who is the council’s vice chairman, along with chairman Gabe Albornoz and council member Will Jawando, are all standing for a second four-year term as members at large, who represent the entire county. Two-term outgoing council member Tom Hucker, who currently represents District 5 (Silver Spring, Takoma Park and eastern portions of the county) is running for an at-large seat this time.

Four challengers are also vying for the four available seats in the Democratic primary. Those candidates are: Brandy Brooks, who ran unsuccessfully for a universal seat in 2018; Dana Gassaway, a former biology teacher who unsuccessfully ran for the county school board; Scott Goldberg, member of the Democratic Central Committee; and Laurie-Anne Sayles, former member of the Gaithersburg City Council.

Campaign finance reports filed with the state before the Friday night deadline show Hucker had the most in the bank account as of July 3, with $161,759. Jawando had the second-largest war chest with $102,248 and Glass has $70,039. The reports covered June 8 to July 3, with the exception of Albornoz and Sayles’ reports, which ran from June 21 to July 3.

Glass is the only general candidate to have reached the $250,000 limit for funds from the county’s public election fund, according to the county’s Department of Finance. The county’s public campaign finance law allows individual donors to give up to $250 to a candidate, who then receives matching stipends from the public fund. General applicants are limited to receiving a total of $250,000 in public funds.

Glass, Albornoz, Brooks, Goldberg and Sayles all use the county campaign finance system, while Hucker and Jawando do not. According to state records, Gassaway failed to file a campaign finance report with the state by the July 8 deadline, which resulted in a $20 fine.

Albornoz received $209,954 in public campaign finance funds while Brooks raised $189,613. Goldberg received $171,956 and Sayles received $119,908.

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Glass and Goldberg also led campaign spending efforts from June 8 through July 3 — the end of the state’s last filing period — with Glass spending $117,584 and Goldberg spending $96,985. Glass spent more than half of his money on campaign direct mail, while Goldberg spent almost all of his money on ads and miles.

Jawando spent $85,558 during that time, about half of that on shippers.

By comparison, Sayles spent $2,012.83 from June 21 to July 3. She and Brooks had the fewest amounts in their campaign bank accounts as of July 3 — Sayles with $6,695 and Brooks with $15,305. Sayles spent just under $800 on printing and campaign materials, while Brooks spent about $3,900 on campaign staff.

The primary election takes place on July 19. Early voting runs until July 14. Absentee ballots will be accepted as long as they are postmarked before 8 p.m. on July 19 or deposited in a ballot box at that time.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at [email protected]

Michael J. Birnbaum