Since losing the Republican primary in May, Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Polen Myers has raised about $3,650 for her reelection campaign as an independent, compared with the $21,500 raised by the GOP nominee, Scott K. York (Sterling). In the latest reporting period, July 1 to Aug. 31, she collected $350 to York's $15,000.
According to financial statements filed Wednesday, Myers's campaign for board chairman remains nearly $22,000 in debt, while York's has $9,000 to spend. A second independent candidate, James G. "Jim" Kelly, has raised a total of $85, all of it in the latest reporting period.
Myers said last week that she is only beginning to gear up her campaign in the wake of a special prosecutor's investigation into a complaint that she failed to report an in-kind contribution on her April financial statement. Prosecutors announced last week that Myers paid a $1,000 fine and filed an amended report listing the results of a political survey by a business political action committee as an in-kind contribution.
She agreed to pay the fine and amend the report as part of a deal to end the inquiry. No criminal charges were filed.
"They had me running around on the charges, and I had to spend time defending myself on this," Myers said. "By no stretch of the imagination do I feel threatened. We said from the beginning we weren't going to be fund-raising until after Labor Day."
But York's campaign manager, Wesley S. Corber, said that with the general election only two months away, Myers's continuing debt indicates that there is "very little support" for her reelection.
Myers was defeated in the primary by a nearly 3 to 1 margin but later reentered the race as an independent, contending that much of York's support came from Democrats. Under Virginia law, primaries are open to voters from either party.
Since the start of the primary campaign, York has raised about $100,500 and spent about $91,200, with $226 in bills to pay, according to the financial reports. Myers has raised about $87,700 and spent about $84,700 but still has nearly $25,000 in outstanding bills.
Loudoun County's rapid development was the key issue in the primary race, with York calling for slow-growth measures and Myers pledging to bring more businesses to the county to help pay for schools and other costs.
In a campaign news release last week, Kelly pledged to reduce the "worst-case buildout scenario" for Loudoun and called for eliminating 80,000 potential residential units in the Dulles South area and the Greenway corridor as well as downzoning as much land as is "legally justifiable." But he said he opposes seeking local authority for an adequate public facilities ordinance and the purchase of development rights from property owners. He was not required to itemize his contributions, all under $100.
York said last week that his contributors in the latest reporting period--ranging from residents who advocate slow growth to high-tech companies--reflect "broad-based support" for his campaign. York received $250 from Donna Rogers, a farmer and member of the county's Rural Economic Development Task Force, $2,000 from an official of America Online Inc. and $500 from Telos Corp.
"We're doing very well," York said. "I'm concerned about the overbuilding of Loudoun County and maintaining what Loudoun has to offer. There's big businesses and small businesses that are also concerned."
Myers's largest contribution in the latest period was $250 from United Airlines, Loudoun's biggest employer.
Despite her debt, Myers said she is pleased with her campaign and has been developing focus groups to discuss such issues as education and the county's parks and recreation centers.
"To meet with people, you don't have to spend money," Myers said. "To talk to people, you don't have to spend money."
Myers said she sent her first fund-raising mailing--about 500 letters--last week and is planning an October fund-raising event.