By Ryan Miner
David Warnock may not have the name recognition as does former Baltimore City mayor Shelia Dixon or state Sen. Catherine Pugh, but he does have the cash-on-hand to compete in the big leagues.
According to a press release distributed this morning by Warnock’s communications’ director Krishana Davis, Warnock’s mayoral campaign took in $1.3 million during the last quarter, including a $950,000 personal loan Warnock loaned his campaign.
Here’s a portion of Warnock’s press release:
Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater released a story today about Warnock leading the cash race among his mayoral opponents.
Warnock said in a statement that he has loaned himself $950,000 and has raised about $360,000 in contributions for a total of about $1.3 million. His campaign declined to release a detailed financial report. Those are due on Jan. 20.
Last mayoral election, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the winner, spent more than $2 million, while state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, the runner-up, spent more than $700,000. They were followed by third-place finisher Otis Rolley, who spent more than $400,000, and fourth-place finisher Joseph T. “Jody” Landers, who spent nearly $200,000.
Warnock’s campaign so far has been impressive. Warnock, a venture capitalist and criminal justice reform advocate, has released a series of policy positions that can be found on his website.
In a cycle of nontraditional candidates seemingly overpowering the political has-beens, Warnock’s mayoral chances look brighter every day.
It’s a long haul until April 26. I’ll keep you updated.