Realtor H. R. Crawford has spent more than $22,000 and congressional aide Johnny Barnes nearly $19,000 in their efforts to win the Ward 7 democratic nomination for the D.C. City Council. But neither candidate has much money left to spend before next Tuesday's primary election.
Crawford, believed to be locked in a tight battle with Barnes, has invested heavily in a major radio and newspaper advertising blitz during the final days of the campaign, according to campaign finance reports he filed yesterday with the city's Board of Elections and Ethics.
The reports showed that Crawford has raised a total of $23,212 and spent all but $18.23, mostly on advertising and printing costs. Barnes has raised $19,532, and now has $900 on hand, according to his report.
The third candidate vying for the Ward 7 Democratic council nomination, former Ballou High School teacher and school board employe Emily Y. Washington, has raised only $804 for her self-styled "people's campaign," mostly from ticket sales from three fund-raisers.
The Ward 7 race is the most hotly contested of six council races on next Tuesday's ballot, since it is the only primary where no incubent is seeking reelection. The contenders for the Democratic nomination -- which in the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia is tantamount to election -- are vying to replace council member Willie J. Hardy, who is retiring to open a private consulting firm.
As can be expected in a close contest, Crawford and Barnes are spending money almost almost as fast as they can raise it. But Crawford's campaign, which was drained of money at the beginning of August, has since received several $400 contributions, the maximum allowable under D.C. law.
Crawford received $400 each from the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city's best-known gay rights organization; from the Management Partnership, housing developers; the Washington Teachers Union, the D.c. Commerce and Industry Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and from the DRG Financial Corp.
Crawford has spent most of his new donations on advertising, according to his campaign reports. He has bought radio time on four city stations. WHUR, WOL, WUST, and WYCB, and has taken out advertisements in three newspapers.
Barnes has raised about $3,000 since Aug, 11, the last reporting date, but most of that money was spent reimbursing staff members for previous expenses and paying for some printing costs. Barnes is not planning any radio advertisements, according to a campaign aide. He has contributed $150 to his own campaign, and his wife, Zoreana, another $300, according to his report.
In the Republican at-large primary, where incumbent council member Jerry A. Moore is being contested by historic preservation activist Joe Grano, Moore has raised $32,267 and has spent $23,437 of that amount.
Grano, who is running a shoestring campaign relying heavily on door-to-door personal contacts, has raised only $4,090, $3,000 of which he loaned his own campaign.
The top campaign fund-raiser for the primary elections is still John Wilson (D-Ward 2), who has collected $61,754 even though he is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In November, Wilson will face Ann Kelsey Marshall, a 29-year-old free-lance songwriter, who is unopposed in the Republican Ward 2 primary. She has raised $635.
In the Democratic at-large race, incumbent John Ray is being challenged for reelection by self-described businessman Raymond W. Powell. According to fiance reports, Ray has raised $35,570, and has spent $17,682. Powell filed his report late yesterday and his fund-raising total was not immediately disclosed.
Two other incumbents who are unopposed in their primary elections are Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) and Wilhelmina Rolark (D-Ward 8). Jarvis has raised a total of $10,544, and spent $7,511. Rolark has raised $15,494, and has spent $10,092.