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Campaign Contributions for County Executive David Craig Released

The Havre de Grace native may be running for governor.

Campaign contribution reports were due to the Maryland Board of Elections this week, and Harford County Executive David Craig's latest data puts him behind four other potential gubernatorial hopefuls.

Craig, a Republican, has not officially said whether he will run for governor in 2014 but told The Daily Record in October that he was "99 percent sure" he would.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, took office in 2008 and is term-limited.

Craig was one of "the leading Republican prospects," according to The Baltimore Sun.

When campaign finance reports were due Wednesday, Craig missed the filing deadline by a few hours due to technical difficulties, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Now available online, Craig's report shows he raised $232,283 between 2012 and 2013. He has $202,236 in hand.

Craig said in a statement Thursday that he actually raised $231,103, has $200,736 cash in hand, and his campaign team "is working around the clock" to correct the technical issues.

So far, potential contenders in the 2014 gubernatorial election and their campaign finance summaries are as follows:

  • Attorney General Doug Gansler: raised $1.17 million, has $5.2 million cash in hand. His campaign representatives said that was more than five times what O'Malley' raised when he ran in 2006, reports WAMU.
  • Howard County Executive Ken Ulman: raised $1.07 million, has $2.1 million cash in hand. According to the Washington Post, 90 percent of his contributions came from Maryland.
  • Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown: raised $265,944, has $1.63 million cash in hand. His representatives told the Frederick News Post that rather than raising funds for himself, Brown was busy campaigning for Obama, the Maryland DREAM Act and same-sex marriage.
  • Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young: raised $445,651, has $349,277 cash in hand.

Craig explained where his energies were focused.

“Until now, we have been running a light operation realizing that the party’s full efforts and finances needed to be invested in the recent national election," said Craig, who chaired the Mitt Romney campaign in Harford County.

Rather than campaigning at the end of 2012, Craig told The Daily Record he was focused on getting his goals for Harford County in order for the next year.

Craig has been the county executive in Harford since 2005 and, like O'Malley, is term-limited. Prior to his election as county executive, Craig served in the Maryland Senate (1995–1999) and House of Delegates (1991–1994). He was the mayor of Havre de Grace from 1985–1989 and 2001–2005.

During a meeting in December when Craig outlined his priorities for his last two years in office, he stated: "I’m more concerned with what I’ll be doing for the next 24 months than what I’ll be doing after those 24 months are over."

According to The Daily Record, Craig plans to make an announcement about running for governor between April and June.

On Jan. 17, Craig said the following about his future: "I am confident that the work we accomplished this past year, both in terms of fundraising and relationship development, will position me as a contender for whichever office I choose to seek."

FULL TARD January 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM
The chasing of the al'mighty dollar while using pawns never ceases to amaze me, combined with liberal nonsense. Pretty sure we are about to enter the era of extreme liberal nannyness. Wuht da hell are you talfin a-boot? When children play at recess, with two toy cars ramming them into each other with sound effects will now be grounds for suspension, because it resembles a mass destruction event.
Penelope Patch January 19, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Craig has spent the better part of his term strategically placing his friends, family, and cronies within county government. Cozy with builders, he doesn't have a problem giving out incentives at taxpayer expense. His intentions are apparent with finding money to provide raises for larger groups of public sector employees, at the expense of the average taxpaying citizenry who are really hurting. I know highly educated professionals who have lost their jobs since the economic downturn. They have noble professions, as do teachers, yet it seems that the teachers in our jurisdiction seem to think they are on a pedestal. Yes, they provide an important function in educating our children, and as we all know, the children are our future. Just keep in mind that those same children may go home to a family where their father and/or mother just lost their job, health insurance, money to keep the heat and lights on, and yes, even their home. When I hear teachers whine and complain that they will have to dig a little deeper in their pocketbook to pay for a co-pay on a prescription or doctor's visit, I am saddened to know people who can't afford to go to the doctor or choose between getting medication or rely on the emergency room for their primary care. Let's all have a broader perspective on this and move away from the "what's in it for me" mentality.
Erinn January 19, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Penelope, I completely understand where you are coming from and I absolutely agree. There are many who have it worse than me. I am VERY grateful for the job that God has given me and I am grateful that i can pay my bills and feed my family with that paycheck that I have. I don't think my job is any better than anyone else's, believe me. And honestly.. the bottom line is that I LOVE my job and I can't imagine doing anything else! So in the grand scheme of things, the money (for me) isn't all that big of a deal. Sure I'd like a pay raise but who wouldnt! :) Other teachers may feel differently but there isn't anything I can do about it. So I do what I know to be the best for my students, and expect that those teachers that MY own kids have will do the same.
Penelope Patch January 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Erinn, your students are very fortunate to have you.
Carol January 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I'm not a teacher. I believe teachers along with other workers need a raise, the cost of living has gone up so much and then the price of gas, where does it stop? It's the one's that work for us that DO NOT deserve a raise, yet they keep on putting money into their own pockets voting themselves a raise. I believe we the people should let them know how much of a raise they need. You got it they don't deserve a raise. Remember they work for us and they are not doing such a good job!

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