As we surfed across the blogs on Halloween eve, getting caught up on our Cecil County news, we got a real treat. Cecil Times has provided an excellent, indepth piece on the first district County Commissioners Race. Thank you Cecil Times for providing readers with insightful news that isn’t available elsewhere. Someone Noticed has clipped the opening pargraphs since we’re sure our readers will want to see the information. Click on the link at the end of the piece to go to the full story. Also, we’re looking forward to the 2nd installment on the 5th district race.
Cecil Times – Demmler Bankrolls Mullin: Commissioner Payback Time?
We’re BAACK– Sorry to have taken a hiatus, but we were sick and tired, and mostly sick. So since we don’t get paid for this, it has taken us a while to report and write what our local “newspaper” with full time paid employees hasn’t: new campaign finance reports– filed 10/24/08– for local County Commissioner candidates. First, we’ll look at the 1st District Commissioner race between Republican Jim Mullin and Democrat Pamela H. Bailey.
There’s not much to report on Pamela Bailey, who has not filed a detailed campaign finance report. According to Cecil County election officials, she filed an affadavit saying she would not be raising or spending over $1,000, so she does not have to file a full report either on paper locally or online with the state Board of Elections. In that case, we are surprised to see so many printed yard signs around her home base of Earleville. As she has stated to the public, she already has a full-time job as a secretary at the School of Technology and two part-time jobs. So who knows how much time she has to spare for fundraising, campaigning or actually serving as a County Commissioner.
Without a serious opponent, Republican Jim Mullin of Earleville seems to be a shoo-in in the 1st District. But looking at his campaign finances, there is a very interesting angle: current County Commissioner Rebecca Demmler is his biggest donor. Could it be payback for the financial support Mullin gave her when she was running for County Commissioner in the last local election? Or could it be “play if forward,” with Demmler donating to a pal she hopes will vote along with her as Commissioner?
In his pre-general election report, Mullin states he has raised a total of $10,294 in individual, party committee and Political Action Committee donations. He has also made a personal loan to his campaign of $8,550, which is counted as a separate line item in addition to the $10,294 in donations.