Nancy Floreen tops Montgomery County Council at-large incumbents in campaign cash

Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen is in the strongest financial position of the body’s four at-large incumbents, 2013 campaign statements show. She reported $144,908 cash on hand in last week’s filing with the Maryland Board of Elections.

Floreen, running for her fourth term in the June Democratic primary, listed contributions of $96,515, with the rest coming from donations to prior campaigns. It places her ahead of at-large members Hans Riemer ($122,372 on hand) George L. Leventhal ($104,518) and Marc Elrich ($52,232).

Upcounty activist Beth Daly, a challenger for one of the council’s four at-large seats, reported $98,640 in cash on hand. The other announced at-large candidate, Vivian Malloy, reported $9,957.80 in cash.

As chair of the council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, Floreen received numerous donations from real estate interests, including $2,000 from Andrew and Gail Chod. Andrew Chod is vice president of Minkoff Development Corp., a builder of office parks in Shady Grove and other locations around the county. Stonebridge, part of the joint venture behind the development of Lot 31 underway at Bethesda Row, donated $1,000.

Several prominent land-use attorneys who represent developers before the council also wrote checks, including Robert Brewer ($250), Robert Dalrymple ($700), Barbara Sears ($250) and Emily Vaias ($500).

Elrich reported $52,232 in cash, with $24,903 in contributions. His statement also shows $10,000 in outstanding loans dating back to 2006. The money came from his chief of staff, Dale Tibbitts. But another section of the election board’s data base indicates that the loans were paid off in 2007, which Tibbitts confirmed Monday, attributing the erroneous listing to a software glitch.

Council President Craig Rice (D-Upcounty) reported $60,996 in cash on hand for his 2nd District reelection campaign. That amount includes $24,835 in contributions. Among his donors is James Soltesz, president and chief executive of Loiederman Soltesz Associates, an engineering firm working with developers on controversial plans for construction in the Ten Mile Creek watershed. That area is in Rice’s district. Soltesz donated $1,000, and $500 was contributed under the company’s name.

Rice’s filing also shows $15,000 in payments to Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies for polling.

The only announced opponent so far in the District 2 race, attorney Neda Bolourian, showed no contributions.

One candidate to fill the District 3 seat opened up by the departure of council member Phil Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg), who is running for county executive, has filed. Gaithersburg City Council member Ryan Spiegel reported $17,374 in cash on hand, including $12,998 in contributions. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, who recently announced his intention to run, has yet to form a campaign committee. The same is true for Rockville City Council member Tom Moore.

Another announced candidate, Derwood activist and former Marine Guled Kassim, reported no contributions.

In the District 5 race, Silver Spring communications consultant Evan Glass reported $57,115 in cash on hand after expenditures. His contributions totaled $62,167. Terrill North, a Takoma Park management consultant, reported $25,409 in cash, including $12,090 in contributions and $16,450 in loans from himself to the campaign.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.
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