An Aug. 11 Metro article about D.C. Council candidates incorrectly stated that council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) is running unopposed. Don Folden Sr. and Robert Pittman are also running as Republicans for the at-large council seat. (Published 8/12/04)
D.C. Council member Sandy Allen (D-Ward 8) has raised nearly $100,000 in her effort to beat back a challenge by former mayor Marion Barry in one of the hottest contested political races in the District, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.
"It's a good sign that we've been able to raise money," Allen said. "It shows that people have confidence in my leadership."
Supporters have contributed $60,250 to Allen, who has served two terms on the council, since June 10, when she filed her last report. That filing deadline came just days before Barry announced his candidacy.
Barry, who requested a 10-day extension in the filing of his campaign report, said he plans to raise $50,000 for the campaign. Barry, who was mayor for four terms, raised $334,000 for his successful 1994 mayoral campaign.
Allen and five other incumbents running for reelection to the D.C. Council filed reports with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance that offer a glimpse into the fundraising and spending of the candidates as the races head into the final stretch before the Sept. 14 primary election.
Two D.C. Council members who do not have opponents for the primary have raised more than $250,000, according to their finance reports. Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4), who is finishing his first four-year term, raised $305,090. D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), a 12-year veteran on the council, has raised $279,021.
"We are taking nothing for granted," Fenty said.
Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), who is also running unopposed, reported that she has raised $48,359 in the past two months.
The other two incumbents, Harold Brazil (D-At Large) and Kevin P. Chavous (D-Ward 7), each have opponents who are waging aggressive campaigns.
Chavous, who has six opponents, reported that his campaign has raised $88,514 and enters the last month of campaigning with $42,295 on hand. Vincent Gray, viewed by many as Chavous's strongest opponent, asked for a two-day filing extension. In a June finance report, Gray's campaign had $1,325 in contributions. Mary D. Jackson, the only other Ward 7 candidate to file, reported $100 in contributions.
Brazil has raised $458,836, including $61,178 since June. He is far ahead of his strongest opponent, Kwame R. Brown, who reported raising $15,695 in the past two months. Although Brown's campaign reported that he had raised a total of $31,938, Brown said the report does not reflect all of his contributions for the past 19 months because of a computer glitch. A spokesman said the campaign will file an amended report.
"It's very difficult to raise money when you're running against the chair of the Economic Development committee, because a lot of business people, and people in general, are concerned about the repercussions of giving to an underdog," Brown said.
In addition to Allen and Barry, two other candidates in the Ward 8 race filed reports. Jacque Patterson reported $6,190, and Sandra Seegars raised $4,387.
Allen acknowledged that her campaign might have benefited from the fact that some contributors do not want to see Barry regain a seat on the council.
"I'm quite sure that there are people who would not like to see Mr. Barry elected who have donated," she said. "I have not had those conversations" with people.
Barry blamed his former campaign manager, Dion Jordan, for his delay in filing. When Jordan parted with the campaign in late June after a pay dispute, Barry said Jordan took the checkbook and canceled checks. Jordan has repeatedly said he returned all campaign materials July 7.
"All I want to know is, if we need to do 2,000 posters, do we have enough money to buy them?" Barry said of the Ward 8 race.