Campaign Finance Numbers – Howard County Council Candidates – January 2018

The financial numbers are in for the candidates for Howard County Council in 2018. I have decided to list the summary information for all of the candidates in one post….I thought it would be an interesting way to look at these numbers. I will show the numbers for each district and even comment on the data for some of the districts. Let’s get to the numbers:

District 1 Starting Balance Amount Raised Amount Spent Cash Balance
Raj Kathuria (R) 0.00 18,049.00 3,511.34 14,537.66
Jon Weinstein (D) 60,053.35 35,383.66 10,243.84 85,193.17

Comments: None

District 2 Starting Balance Amount Raised Amount Spent Cash Balance
John Liao (R) 0.00 11,731.64 6,181.10 5,550.54
Opel Jones (D) 0.00 11,066.61 6,033.09 5,033.52

Comments: This is as close as it gets..and neither has a primary opponent at this time. I think both candidates need to keep an eye on their cash burn rate or both will be out of cash long before the General election date.

District 3 Starting Balance Amount Raised Amount Spent Cash Balance
Christiana Rigby (D) 0.00 17,417.96 6,815.99 10,601.97
Steve Hunt (D) 0.00 10,350.00 4,919.72 5,430.28
Hiruy Hadgu (D) 0.00 7,378.11 2,002.30 5,375.81
Greg Jennings (D) 5,316.58 16,320.00 5,082.55 16,554.03

Comments: None

District 4 Starting Balance Amount Raised Amount Spent Cash Balance
Lisa Kim (R) 0.00 6,986.00 5,247.94 1,738.06
Deb Jung (D) 0.00 28,737.00 13,175.52 15,561.48
Ian Bradley Moller-Knudsen (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cynthia Fikes (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Comments: Moller-Knudsen and Fikes both filed Affidavit of Limited Contributions and Expenditures and that is why it shows n/a above. Fikes just got into this race so it will be interesting to see if she is able to raise funds in the next report. Jung has a big money advantage at this point. Kim is short on funds right now but does not have a primary opponent and could scale back spending while raising cash. After my blog post about Janet Siddiqui yesterday, some people mentioned to me that she could decide to get into this race. That would seriously shake up the Democratic primary…especially given the money she has in her campaign.

District 5 Starting Balance Amount Raised Amount Spent Cash Balance
David Yungmann (R) 0.00 42,477.00 6,368.90 36,108.10
Jim Walsh (R) 0.00 11,320.00 3,850.53 7,469.47
China Williams (D) 0.00 11,680.00 1,537.16 10,142.84

Comments: The story here is how much money Yungmann raised….over $42,000 is an impressive number. It is actually the largest overall number of any candidate running for County Council and he has the second largest amount of cash on hand. Walsh is trailing significantly in that primary and will need to pick it up in what is expected to be a highly contested race. Williams is running unopposed right now and her spend rate is low…she should keep it that way through the primary while continuing to add to her cash on hand for the General.

Final thoughts:

I did not comment on Districts 1 and 3…I have done some work for candidates in those races and as not to be biased…I have decided to let the numbers speak for the candidates in those races. I am sure other reporters and bloggers will make comments in the following days and weeks.

For those not familiar with Affidavit of Limited Contributions and Expenditures, it states: “Pursuant to §13-305 of the Election Law Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, we, the undersigned Chairman and Treasurer, hereby declare that we do not intend to receive contributions or make expenditures in the cumulative amount of $1,000 or more”

District 3, 4 and 5 are going to be fun to watch between now and late June…so be sure to stay tuned. You can find the online outreach resource for each candidate here:

Here is a link to find all of the campaign reports for any candidate…in case you want to go lookup the actual reports:

Have a great day.

Scott E


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