Having spent a couple of decades in the newspaper business, I have more than a passing aquaintance with deadlines.
They don’t really bother me, which can be a good or bad thing, depending in how you look at it. Sometimes I find it tough to concentrate on work unless I have a ticking clock reminding that a deadline is near. I know that for others, however, a looming deadline can make them frantic.
One that springs to mind is April 15. If you aren’t sure what that is, ask our friends at TaxSlayer.com. I’m sure they can help.
Monday was another deadline -- the one for political candidates to file campaign disclosure reports It appears everyone made it under the wire with a couple minutes to spare.
The reports themselves reveal a few things about the candidates pocketbooks.
It’s no surprise that Commission Chairman Ron Cross has raised the most money of them all -- more than $16,000 in this election cycle. According to his report, his only expenditure has been a qualifying fee, so with his cash reserves from previous campaigning, Cross is sitting on a $40,000 war chest to take into battle next month.
His opponent, Jim Bartley, on the other hand, is $800 in the hole, having spent more than he has taken in -- all told, more than $3,100 on business cards and campaign signs.
In the District 1 commission race, Doug Duncan has a substantial financial advantage over Hafeez Chaudhry, according to their reports.
Duncan has accumulated about $8,000 this cycle and still has more than $14,000 in the bank after spending a little more than $600 on qualifying fees and mailings. Chaudhry has raised about $4,000 in the same time period and has spent about $2,800, primarily on all those big campaign signs you see throughout the district. Chaudhry has also loaned himself about $2,200, leaving his campaign with about $3,400 to work with in coming weeks.
In the District 3 school board race, challenger Staten Heard has scraped together a little more than $500, and most of that is described as “in-kind” contributions. That puts him behind incumbent Mike Sleeper, but not by much.Sleeper reports his only contribution this election cycle is a $1,000 donation by Coalition for Quality Government. He paid the $195 qualifying fee out of his own pocket.
The next election deadline in April 21, which is the last day to register to vote in the May 20 primary.
Finally, there is one more deadline I would like to note.
Today is a self-imposed deadline set by the group working to save the old Evans teacher’s cottage from the wrecking ball. The group has said it still needs to raise $40,000 to fund the first phase of moving the old building from the corner of Belair and Washington roads. Rob Nordan, one of the committee members working to save the 1920s structure, said if they don’t come up with the money this week, it could be too late. The PDQ restaurant chain intends to start building there in a few weeks, so the building must go. It seems that unless a benefactor steps forward immediately, this will become another historic structure that perishes in the name of progress.