Unopposed County Council Member Andrew Friedson leads the cash

Montgomery County Councilman Andrew Friedson, who is running unopposed for re-election in District 1, has by far the most cash on hand of any candidate in the county, according to the annual financial report due to be released. to state officials earlier this month.

It has a cash balance of around $479,776, having raised $195,259 in the most recent cycle.

With five months between now and the primary election, council candidates have begun fundraising efforts in earnest.

Council members Will Jawando and Evan Glass – two candidates for re-election, are behind him, but each has less than half the cash balances. Jawando has $150,044 in hand after raising $182,783 since January 14, 2021 (some candidates spend money quickly after raising it). Glass has $169,382 in his cash balance after raising $4,183 since Dec. 21.

Several general candidates — vying for four seats that represent the entire county — and district candidates have announced their use of the county’s public finance system. For this analysis, Bethesda Beat did not compare these types of funds, just the money the candidates had on hand and the amount they raised in the last campaign cycle in their 2022 annual deposit reports.

Friedson and Jawando do not use public funding. The glass is. More than a dozen candidates for general seats and district seats have applied to use the public finance system. It is the second electoral cycle that it is used.

Any candidate entering the public finance system may receive up to $150 from county residents and be eligible for matching funds if they have raised $10,000 from 125 donors as a district council candidate, or $20,000 from 250 donors as a candidate for general council.

Bethesda Beat also sorted the candidates based on a new county council map than the current council approved in decemberwhich increased the number of districts from five to seven. This means that the new county council will have 11 seats, taking into account the four general seats.

As of Friday, the State Board of Elections website still has candidates filing sorted on the current five-district map. State and local election officials said the changes would be implemented in a certain order to draw new constituency lines, identify any potential new polling stations for Election Day and not confuse voters. . Alysoun McLaughlin, the county’s acting chief electoral officer, could not be immediately reached for comment by phone Friday.

The busiest race to date is the new District 5: an area that stretches from Four Corners and White Oak in the north to Burtonsville, and stretches west to part of Leisure World.

On Friday, seven Democrats filed for the seat. Jeremiah Pope, a political fundraiser and chief of staff of Del. Charlotte Crutchfield, has the most cash on hand – $111,253.77 – of any candidate in this race, according to the 2022 annual filing report. But several rivals are using public funding and are expecting tens of thousands of dollars from the Public Electoral Fund after reaching the matching fund threshold.

Another busy council run is the new District 6 – centered around Wheaton and Glenmont, but it also includes Forest Glen to the south, most of Aspen Hill to the northeast and a few other communities. So far, four Democrats have applied.

Natali Fani-Gonzalez, former vice chair of the county planning board, is leading the fundraiser in this race with $65,566.20 in her cash balance. Three of the candidates in this constituency, including her, intend to use public funding.

The filing deadline for this year’s elections is February 22. Primary elections are scheduled for June 28 and general elections for November 8.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at [email protected]

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