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Going into the homestretch of the Aberdeen mayoral campaign, City Council President Mike Hiob's campaign had raised $14,000 and spent nearly $10,000, far outdistancing his two rivals, incumbent Mayor Mike Bennett and former delegate and county councilwoman Barbara Osborn Kreamer.

Election Day is Tuesday in Aberdeen, and based on the financial reporting for the three mayoral campaigns, Hiob continues to have a big advantage in contributions and spending. Whether it translates into enough votes to win, of course, remains to be seen.

Two years ago, then-Mayor Fred Simmons raised more than $33,000 for his re-election bid and spent nearly all of it and still lost to Bennett, a first-time candidate, by more than 400 votes.

Bennett raised $7,400 for his successful 2007 campaign, but was likely to raise and spend less this year, according to a source inside his campaign.

Campaign finance reports filed by the mayoral candidates for the period Oct. 5-23, showed Hiob's campaign took in another $2,600 in cash contributions plus an in-kind contribution of $500 from Merit Hotel Group. Hiob's campaign held a fundraiser at Merit's Clarion Hotel in Aberdeen last month. The campaign spent $2,303 during the period, leaving a cash balance of $3,933, according to its report. The Hiob campaign took in $11,000 in cash prior to the Oct. 5 reporting deadline and spent $7,409 during the period.

The Bennett campaign reported taking in $500 in cash between Oct. 5 and Oct. 23 and spending nothing, leaving a cash balance of $1,953, according to its report. The Bennett campaign had previously taken in $3,965 and spent $2,536.

Kreamer's campaign took in $110 between Oct. 5 and Oct. 23 and spent $132 during the period, according to its report, leaving a cash balance of $403. The campaign took in $525 during the earlier reporting period and spent $500.

The Hiob campaign, which received several $1,000 contributions from developers and other people or companies with business interests in Aberdeen during the first campaign reporting period, received one $500 contribution in the latest reporting period, from a limited liability company controlled by Baltimore developer Peter Bosworth, who has a number of residential development projects in and around Aberdeen. The campaign received $300 from Coon and Cole, a Towson law firm whose principal, Curtis Coon, has represented the group trying to get the city to annex the Wetlands Golf Course so it can be developed, and also received $300 from a Jarrettsville couple, David and Stephanie Schneider. The campaign received $250 contributions from SPI Affiliates, of Towson, and Albert "Jay" and Orsia Young, of Monkton. Albert Young is a lawyer in Bel Air with a large developer clientele.

The Bennett campaign's largest contributions during the period were $300 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union local in Baltimore and $100 from Aberdeen civic activist Karen Heavey.

The next Aberdeen campaign finance reports are due Nov. 24, three weeks after the election. The latest reports can be viewed on the city's Web site.


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