Commissioners President Blaine Young raised $69,517 in campaign funds in 2013, a far cry from the $447,000 he had gathered during the prior year.
Campaign finance filings show Young spent more than $233,000 during the reporting period from Jan. 10, 2013, through Jan. 8, 2014. Because Young went into the year with about $349,277 of cash on hand, he ended the reporting period with $185,722.15 in his campaign coffers.
Young, a Republican, said this would give him an excellent cash base if he pursues the office of Frederick County executive, a decision he expects to make in the next couple of weeks. He said though his fundraising totals in 2013 dropped off compared to the previous year, he gathered most of his money from grassroots donors who contributed $10 or $20.
"I wanted to show I had a broad-based appeal," he said today in a phone interview.
If he enters the running for county executive, Young said he would ramp up his fundraising quickly and predicts he could gather between $100,000 and $150,000 within the first 30 days.
Campaign finance statements are due today to the Maryland State Board of Elections, but Young submitted his report early.
Young also reported returning $780 in campaign contributions due to his decision not to run for Maryland governor. When he decided against the statewide race in August, he agreed to give refunds to donors upon request.
Commissioner David Gray, who kicked off his bid for county executive Tuesday, has filed an affidavit with the state elections board indicating that he did not intend to raise or spend more than $1,000 during the reporting period that ended Jan. 8.