With the financial help of numerous real estate agents and investors and a $5,000 loan from herself, businesswoman Patricia Rice Press leads in money raised and spent in the Ward 6 Democratic campaign for the D. C. City Council.
As of Aug. 10, Press had contributions of about $16,111, according to a campaign finance report released last weekend. However, Press' expenditures of $16,629 were more than $500 higher than her receipts. Her report with the D. C. Board of Elections and Ethics was filed Monday.
Ward 6 incumbent Nadine Winter, who heads the City Council Housing and Urban Development Committee and who represents a ward where speculation and displacement are the greatest concerns of many residents, is close behind Press, with contributions of about $15,875 so far this years, according to her campaign finance report filed Friday. Many of Winter's larger contributions also are from the real estate industry. Winter's expenditures have totaled about $12,500.
A third Democratic candidate, George Gurley, who is retired from the Air Force and is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, has raised about $4,760 so far this year from fundraisers and has spent $4,724 on his campaign. Gurley was the only Ward 6 candidate who filed his financial report by the Aug. 10 deadline.
The fourth Democratic candidate, the Rev. David Hall, did not file an Aug. 10 report. His June 10 report shows no contributions, only that he owes $200 to a Chicago printing firm. Hall, who says he is pastor of a Texas church and that he is in the process of resigning from that position, is currently serving time in jail after pleading guilty to charges of writing bad checks.
Press has received nearly all her contributions from real estate-related firms or individuals, her report shows, and some of them are based outside the city. Press, who in a 1976 personal income report filed with the campaign finance office said she owned seven pieces of property in the city worth a total of more than $480,000, has received $100 each from Flaxie Pinkett, president of John R. Pinkett Realty Co.; investor Nathan Habib, the United Title and Escrow Co., Tommer Realty, Mr. Ritchie's Real Estate, investor Angelo Puglisi, Ashley Investment, Dravillas Real Estate, Dunphy Properties, Jack Spicer Real Estate, and mortgage officer William L. Walde, among others.
"Both candidates are probably pretty good," Jack spicer said in a telephone interview, referring to both Press and Winter. "Press is more real estate-oriented than Winter, but I like both of them. It's a close one and two. They're both aggressive people. Press is a woman with her own mind. There's no bullshit with her. She'll look at any situation logically, and she's as capable of telling the real estate industry to fly a kite as anyone else."
Spicer added that if Winter asks him for a contribution, he'll probably give funds to her campaign, too.
John O'Neill, executive vice president of the Apartment and Office Building Association, said some members of his organization are supporting Press, while others support Winter.
"Pat has an uphill fight," O'Neill said. He said he believes Winter has been "relatively fair," but added that "a lot of our members hate her with a passion."
James Banks, an executive officer with the Washington Board of Realtors, has contributed $25 to Winter's campaign. Banks said he has known Winter for about 20 years.
"I certainly don't always agree with her. But she works hard, and is open to change and other points of view," he said. Banks said he is not certain at this point whether he also will contribute to Press' campaign.
Winter's report lists contributions from real estate manager Ralph Taylor, developer Robert Holland, attorney Kenneth J. Loewinger, who represents many landlords; developers Anita and Bruce Lyons, developer H. M. Lawrence, realtor Milton Schneiderman, builder Joseph F. Horning, realtor J. Gerald Lustine, the Burwell Realty Co., WMAL Vice President Andrew Ockershausen and Theodore Hagants, developer of the Fort Lincoln New Town in Northeast Washington, among others.
Winter also received $400 each from the Jones and Artis Construction Co., the Fort Lincoln Realty Co. and the Doctors Political Action Group (DOE-PAC).
Other contributions came from architect Charles Bryant, Thornton W. Owen of Perpetual Federal Savings and Loan Association and many ministers, including the Rev. Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large), a member of the City Council.
Gurley's contributions have come through ticket sales for fundraisers, his report shows. They include a cabaret, a "dollars for Winter drive," a boat ride and a prayer breakfast.
Press' fundraisers have included a benefit at the Foxtrappe Club, a cocktail party and cocktail sip, dinners and "coffees," a Delta art gala (Press is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority) and a tennis party.
Press's expenses included broadcast' time on radion stations WOL and WHUR-FM.
Personal income reports filed with the campaign finance office show great differences in wealth among the Democratic candidates.
Press' report to the Board of Elections was based on her 1976 tax return because she has received IRS permission to file her 1977 tax return late. SHe listed her income two years ago as $3,412 for her salary as a management consultant for a firm doing social services research, plus about $250 from self-employment and a net business income of $10,781, the result of selling a piece of family property. Press operates her own real estate business, from which she listed no income in 1976, and a laundromat, which she opened last year.
Currently, Press said she collects $1,097 a month in rent from four properties she owns.
The report noted that Press owns seven homes in the District, with a total 1976 value of more than $483,000. Four of those homes she leases to others, two are vacant and the seventh - valued at $130,000 - is in the process of being sold, Press said. Under liabilities, the report said she owed about $232,000 on those same seven homes. Press said she has restored four homes herself in the last two years.
Winter's personal income statement for 1977 showed her council salary of $26,926 and listed assets that included three homes in the city, valued at a total of $90,000. Her liabilities included $25,000 owed on those homes. Winter also listed a rental loss last year of $2,880.
Gurley's personal income for 1977 includes his salary of $7,500 from the Center City Community Corp., where he worked as housing adviser, and $4,366 from the Air Force.
The D.C. Statehood Party candidate for Ward 6, Anton Wood, said he has an exemption from filing an Aug. 10 report. Wood said he plans to spend no more than $250 on his primary campaign, and will focus on getting his party members to the polls.