Several Contenders for Bethesda-Area Legislative Seats Digging Deep into Their Own Pockets

Beyer, Johns any lend their campaigns $ 100K in District 18; Sara Love creates $ 50K loan in District 16

Legislative possibilities Dana Beyer, left, and Mila Johns

Legislative possibilities Dana Beyer, left, and Mila Johns

Via Dana Beyer and Mila Johns

Several Democratic possibilities opposed for open seats in Bethesda-area state legislative districts are digging low into their personal resources to boost their competitiveness in this year’s Jun 26 primary, according to debate financial reports filed final week with a state Board of Elections.

Political romantic Dana Beyer of Chevy Chase, who put scarcely $500,000 of her possess income into 3 past bids for inaugurated office, has poured in some-more this year: She done a $103,100 personal loan to her bid opposite Del. Jeff Waldstreicher of Kensington for a District 18 Senate chair hold by Democrat Richard Madaleno, who is seeking his party’s assignment for governor.

A integrate of first-time possibilities are also spending heavily from their possess assets. In District 18, Mila Johns of Chevy Chase, a former investigate researcher and devise manager during a University of Maryland, loaned her possess debate $100,000 over a past year—with $80,000 entrance on Jan. 10, a cutoff date for a debate financial reports due final Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in adjacent District 16, profession Sara Love of Bethesda loaned her debate $50,000 a month before to a filing deadline for a reports, that cover fundraising for many of 2017. The loan enabled Love to keep financial gait with another well-funded candidate, clergyman Samir Paul of Bethesda, in a foe for a open chair of Del. Bill Frick of Bethesda; Frick is seeking a Democratic assignment for county executive.

District 16 encompasses Bethesda and sections of Chevy Chase and Potomac. But it is District 18, that extends from easterly Bethesda by Chevy Chase to Silver Spring—while also holding in Garrett Park, Kensington, Wheaton and partial of Rockville—that is a site of a county’s many wide-open state legislative foe this year for both state senator and delegate.

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher
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With Waldstreicher using for state Senate and another incumbent, Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, seeking a chair on a County Council, dual of a district’s 3 nominee seats are adult for grabs. Only Del. Al Carr of Kensington, in bureau given 2007, is seeking re-election.

Carr reported lifting about $34,250 over a past year, with a small reduction than $24,000 in money on palm as of a Jan. 10 cutoff date—putting him behind a integrate of a non-incumbent possibilities for District 18 nominee in both of those categories. In new years, it has been singular to chase a sitting member of a state House of Delegates: No obligatory nominee seeking re-election in Montgomery County was suspended in possibly 2010 or 2014 (although a integrate of a county’s state senators were narrowly degraded for renomination in 2010).

This has left 7 non-incumbent Democrats holding aim during a dual open seats in District 18. Besides Johns, they embody Ron Franks of Wheaton, a sovereign contractor; Helga Luest of Rockville, a manager during a Bethesda-based open affairs firm; Leslie Milano of Chevy Chase, executive executive of a open health organization; Town of Chevy Chase Council member Joel Rubin; Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) Vice Chairwoman Emily Shetty of Kensington; and former congressional help Jared Solomon of Chevy Chase.

Johns’ $100,000 in loans enabled her to news a debate book of roughly $83,300, notwithstanding carrying lifted usually $14,200 in outward contributions over a past year. She spent scarcely $32,000, some-more than 4 times as many as any of her non-incumbent rivals. About three-quarters of this went to Bowie-based Mayson-Dixon Strategies, for debate materials and consulting.

Johns reported that $2,000 of a loans she done to a debate had been repaid, withdrawal $98,000 outstanding. As a rule, such loans are frequency repaid in full; they are mostly kept on a books for several choosing cycles and eventually combined off as uncollectable debt.

Solomon, with some-more than $42,000, took in some-more in outward donations than a other District 18 nominee contenders, including Carr. In addition, Solomon loaned his debate $12,350, and had $47,300 in a bank with some-more than 5 months until a primary.

Shetty, who finished fourth in a seven-way 2014 primary for a district’s 3 nominee seats, took in scarcely $25,800 in contributions given commencement her second run final spring, and had  $19,500 in her debate treasury.

She also reported providing scarcely $4,000 in in-kind contributions to her candidacy. She has not done any new loans to her campaign, though $4,500 that she loaned in 2014 stays on a books.

Shetty’s contributors embody several names good famous in Montgomery County and Maryland Democratic politics. Former Maryland Democratic Chairman Terry Lierman of Chevy Chase donated $500, and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park contributed $250—as did a debate cabinet of state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Two stream members of a Maryland General Assembly, Dels. Marc Korman of Bethesda and David Moon of Silver Spring, any gave her $100.

Rubin, an catastrophic claimant in a 2016 congressional primary won by Raskin, entered a competition a integrate of months ago. Since then, he has taken in $2,950 in contributions and done his debate a $3,000 loan, withdrawal him with a small reduction than $5,500 in a bank.

Luest, who has lobbied in Annapolis on interest of crime victims’ rights, lifted usually brief of $1,000, and reported $700 on hand. Franks filed an confirmation dogmatic he had lifted and spent reduction than $1,000. Milano, who announced her candidacy during a finish of final month, has nonetheless to record a debate financial report.

In a District 18 Senate race, Beyer, a former eye surgeon, pronounced while announcing her candidacy in late Oct that—in contrariety to her 2014 primary plea to Madaleno—she did not devise to self-finance her debate this year.

“I usually self-financed final time given my base, a LGBT community, was also Rich’s base,” Beyer said. “I detected early on that put my friends in a bind… . That’s not an emanate now.” Madaleno is now a usually plainly happy member of a state Senate; Beyer, if elected, would turn a initial transgender particular to offer in a General Assembly.

So far, however, Beyer has shown singular earnings from fundraising: Her news indicated she had lifted a small reduction than $16,400. With a loan to her debate factored in, she had $114,500 on palm in what is approaching to be a county’s usually contested Senate competition in a Jun primary.

Waldstreicher, among a county legislative delegation’s many assertive fundraisers, reported a debate book of some-more than $285,000, after lifting $144,500 over a past year. Nearly half of what his debate paid out in losses final year—about $10,500—went to Martin-Lauer Associates, a Baltimore organisation that is a fundraising consultant to countless Maryland candidates.

Waldstreicher serves on a House Economic Matters Committee, that has office over several heavily lobbied issues. His news is dotted with donations from heading Annapolis lobbyists as good as distinguished members of a Montgomery County business community.

Former Del. Gerard Evans, Joel Rozner, and former state Sen. Rob Garagiola—among Annapolis’ 10 top-grossing lobbyists in 2017—gave Waldstreicher $500, $250 and $125, respectively. Garagiola formerly represented District 15, that extends from Potomac to a Frederick County line. The debate cabinet of Garagiola’s successor, Sen. Brian Feldman, gave $500.

Among a distinguished Montgomery County developers on Waldstreicher’s grant list were Andrew Chod and Keith and Morton Funger, any of who gave $1,000. Charles Nulsen, boss of a Washington Property Co., donated $500. And Robert Trone, co-owner of national alcoholic libation tradesman Total Wine More, was a $2,000 donor.

The debate cabinet of U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who represented District 18 in a state Senate from 1994 to 2002, gave Waldstreicher $1,500. And a obvious District 18 resident, former Clinton White House press secretary Mike McCurry of Kensington, contributed $2,000.

Next doorway in District 16, Love reported lifting $81,000 in outward contributions given rising her debate final spring, lagging behind a $115,400 reported by Paul—who combined his cabinet around a same time. However, Love’s $50,000 loan enabled her to tie Paul in terms of money in their particular treasuries: Each reported carrying about $108,900 on palm as of Jan. 10.

Three other non-incumbent nominee contenders in a district’s Democratic primary—civic romantic Jordan Cooper of Bethesda, and profession Joseph Hennessey and writer/consultant Nuchhi Currier, both of Chevy Chase—got after starts, and trailed Love and Paul in fundraising.

Cooper, who also sought a District 16 nominee assignment in a 2014 primary, lifted $8,900 given September, and had about $10,700 in a bank during a finish of a stating period. Hennessey, who entered a competition in late October, reported $13,400 in donations and $10,200 in his debate treasury. Currier, stream boss of a Washington-based Woman’s National Democratic Club, announced her candidacy a month before a filing deadline; she took in $4,300 in contributions and had about $4,250 on hand.

While Love is obvious among a county’s legislative delegation—she lobbied in Annapolis in new years as open process executive of a American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland—she started a debate as a relations different among many District 16 Democratic activists.

Her news shows she invested significantly in staff and debate materials over a past year to lift her form in a district. She spent $22,000, some-more than 3 times a $6,400 in expenditures reported by Paul, who teaches in a countywide honors arithmetic module formed during Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School.

While he reported no loans from himself to his committee, Paul did make scarcely $14,700 in approach financial donations, as good as another $4,300 in a form of in-kind contributions.

The debate committees of dual obligatory state senators—Feldman and District 17 Sen. Cheryl Kagan of Rockville—made contributions of $250 and $300, respectively to Love. Raskin, a member of a Maryland Senate before to his 2016 choosing to Congress, donated $500.

Paul, who is Indian-American, captivated support from dual associate Indian-Americans portion in Annapolis: Del. Aruna Miller of Darnestown, who is withdrawal this year to run for Congress, donated $750, and a debate cabinet of Del. Kumar Barve of Rockville gave $250.

The District 16 competition includes dual incumbents, Dels. Ariana Kelly and Marc Korman, both of Bethesda, who are seeking a third and second tenure this year, respectively.

Korman reported a largest debate book of any of a district’s Democratic primary nominee candidates—nearly $147,500—after lifting $84,650 over a past year. He is carrying $69,000 in loans he done to his 2014 primary campaign, when he spent a sum of some-more than $200,000 in his successful bid for an open seat.

Kelly lifted scarcely $47,900, and had some-more than $78,500 on hand. She is still carrying loans she done to her cabinet totaling $175,000 from her 2010 and 2014 races.

So far, no Republicans have filed to run this year in possibly District 16 or District 18, where Democrats suffer a improved than 3-1 advantage in voter registration.

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