by Lisa Tome
Not all of those on the ballot for the June 26 Primary Election are currently in compliance with Maryland's Election Board.
Candidates were required to file campaign spending reports with the state board by Tuesday, May 22. Some of the local candidates, including incumbents, did not file by the deadline.
They are now being fined $20 for not complying with state election regulations.
The reports include campaign contributions, spending, donors, and expenditures.
Those who did not file by the deadline include incumbent County Council District 3 candidate Dan Schneckenburger and Thomas J. Wilson who is running for the same post.
Also in violation are County Council District 4 incumbent George Patchell, Judge of the Orphans' Court candidate Bob Amato, and Register of Wills candidate Michael W. Dawson.
Dawson said he didn't make the deadline because both he and his treasurer, Matthew Dawson, tried to log in on the state election website and were unable to do so. "I tried to file on the 22nd. Myself and my treasurer logged in," said Dawson. He explained that he received a message that he was not authorized to use the page. "I did not fail. It was the State Board of Elections site," said Dawson. He also said he had problems with his page earlier in the year and had to physically go to the State Election Board and have his page rebuilt. Dawson's page was updated a day later showing he has spent $629.34 on his campaign and has a cash balance of $9,876.57. The state still indicates that Dawson violated by not filing by May 22.
Bob Amato also failed to file by the state deadline. But he filed the report on May 23. According to the state, Amato is still in violation and owes $20. But Amato said he intends to contest that. "I didn't file because of a computer problem. I called them (the state board) and they said to send an explanation and they would waive the fine," said Amato. "I filed it one day late."
When he did file, Amato filed the affidavit of limited contributions and expenditures for his campaign. Meaning that the candidate intends not to receive or spend more than $1,000 on the campaign trail.
Schneckenburger said he didn't file because his treasurer, Faith Addair, was hospitalized for a week. "My treasurer is in the hospital and has been for a week. She's recuperating. Life happens," said Schneckenburger. He also said this is the first time he's been in violation and stated that he's contacted the State Board of Elections.
Thomas J. Wilson, didn't return the phone call regarding his failure to file.
Incumbent County Council District 4 Councilman George Patchell said he planned to ask his treasurer, John Colenda, why his paperwork wasn't filed. "I'll ask John why. We didn't collect any donations and we had no expenses," said Patchell.
State's Attorney candidates have filed their paperwork.
Amanda Bessicks has spent $4,494.99 and has $7,175.05 remaining. Kevin Urick has spent $4,485.03 and reports a cash balance of $684.50.
In the County Council District 2 race, Bill Coutz has spent $8,295 and has $34.44 remaining. Gordon Edward Ginder has spent $450. And has no remaining balance.
In the County Council District 3 race, Al Miller has spent $17,951.84 and has $6,105.55 remaining. For County Council District 4 Ed Larsen has spent $1,350.69 and has $300 remaining. "Lyn" Allyn Price Nickle, who is running for Register of Wills, has spent $2,375.48 and has $4,750.15 remaining.
And although he is running uncontested, incumbent Sheriff Scott Adams is required to file the report.
Adams' campaign currently has a cash balance of $18,639.19.
Judge of the Orphans' Court candidate Siebren Meulenberg filed the affidavit of limited contributions and expenditures for his campaign. Meulenberg, Bill Harris, who is also seeking to be Judge of the Orphans' Court position filed the same as did Carolyn L. Crouch and Gary A. Brown. Candidate for State's Attorney Karl H. Fockler also submitted this form as did County Council - District 2 candidates Cody Kirk and Richard E. Lewandowski.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Charlene M. Notarcola, who is running uncontested, also filed the affidavit for limited contributions and expenditures form.
Another round of reporting is required by mid-June.
Central Committee candidates and school board candidates are not required to file the forms.
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