Democratic county executive candidate Courtney Watson now has more than double the amount of campaign funds as her Republican rival Allan Kittleman.
Watson, a County Council member from Ellicott City, raised $458,586 since last January, compared to Kittleman's $238,543.77.
In total, Watson reported having a campaign bank account balance of $721,238 while Kittleman, a state senator from West Friendship, reported a total of $329,495.
In response to the differential, Kittleman said in a statement, "But fundraising isn’t the race we are focused on winning. We’re focused on winning the votes of Howard County citizens regardless of party affiliation. We’re focused on winning the support of those who want a county executive they can trust; one with a passion for serving all Howard County residents. One who will listen to and work hard for them."
Both campaigns submitted their annual finance reports to the state board of elections this week. Watson had a prior balance of $374,457 in her account before 2013 fundraising, while Kittleman had $184,193.