Heath-Culver essentially tied in election fund-raising

While the election results were lopsided, County Executive candidates Bob Culver and Jack Heath were virtually tied when it came to raising campaign donations for their 2018 efforts.

For the election cycle, Culver raised $20,265 to Heath’s $20,060. The figures do not include dollars raised in the final two weeks.

Heath’s fund-raising surges came right after he announced Nov. 8, 2017, and late in the summer, which signaled to some election-watchers that his challenge was drawing closer to Culver.

The incumbent, meanwhile, was able to consistently accumulate money throughout the year.
Culver’s largest purchase was $10,506 in television ads aired on WBOC-TV. Heath’s largest purchase was also in TV media — he spent $5,620 on ads with Comcast Spotlight.

Speaking of Comcast, the cable TV giant was Culver’s largest contributor, donating $4,000 in the cycle. His largest local contributor was Blossom Court LLC, a Willards group owned by the late Pete Richardson, which contributed $2,500.

Heath’s largest contributor was former County Executive candidate Joe Ollinger, who contributed $2,000.
Among Culver’s local prominent contributors was the Frank Hanna Family Systems with $1,000.

Heath received contributions from Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue ($150) and former Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach ($100).

The winning County Council At-Large candidates also recording raising significant cash.
While top vote-getter John Cannon only raised $3,456 in this cycle, he still had $8,360 in his campaign coffers from 2016 and earlier. His $11,000-plus balance will be available for future election battles.

Bill McCain raised $11,155 on his way to a win as a Democrat. Both Cannon and McCain benefited from donations from the Maryland Realtors PAC — $2,000 each. Cannon is a developer and rental properties owner; McCain is a commercial property appraiser.

Longtime Salisbury rental properties owner Stu Lear was among Cannon’s contributors ($250); Peninsula Regional Medical Center President Steve Leonard was among McCain’s donors ($250). McCain is a former chairman of the hospital board.

Out-raising all of the county office candidates was State’s Attorney victor Jamie Dykes, whose campaign collected $21,672.

In the election, Dykes reported spending $11,986 of that money on ads placed with WBOC-TV.

Her opponent, W. Seth Mitchell, reported raising less than $1,000 in his challenge.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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