Talk to the independent candidates running for Rockville City Council, and some will say they’re endorsing Mayor Bridget Newton for re-election and others will say they’re running solo.
However, the campaign finance reports for the candidates show just how intertwined some of the candidates are with each other.
Newton raised reported $3,891.61 raised through Sept. 30, with $1,051.61spent and $2,643.44 cash on hand.
Meanwhile, Newton’s challenger Sima Osdoby, who ran twice for city council in the 1980s, reported $5,252.25 raised, $1,272.91 spent and $3,979.34 cash on hand.
All of Newton’s reported contributions for September came between Sept. 11 and Sept. 29, with the most money coming on Sept. 16, the night of her official campaign kickoff.
At that event, eight people offered money to Newton, including $25 from two-time candidate Brigitta Mullican.
Mullican said that night she told people she met during neighborhood canvasses to vote for “the three Bs” – Bridget Donnell Newton, Beryl Feinberg and Brigitta Mullican.
“We don’t have the same views on everything but Bridget said it here tonight: she would leek to have a team that can make discussions, we can bring different views together and I think it’s better for the city,” said Mullican, who also donated $25 to Feinberg.
A week after Newton’s rally, another candidate contributed to the mayor’s campaign: planning commissioner David Hill.
During a Sept. 12 interview, Hill declined to say who he planned to vote for in the general election though he later appeared at Newton’s Sept. 16 rally.
“I think my vote is a private matter,” he said.
He did, however, criticize Team Rockville and the concept of slate candidacies.
“We’ve just been through an experience where the slate did not function,” he said, later adding, “A slate is a proxy for partisanship.”
Newton had invited all five independent candidates to that rally and all of them except Twinbrook Homeowners Association president Richard Gottfried attended.
The day after Newton’s rally, Osdoby received $255 from her Team Rockville running mate and council candidate Mark Pierzchala.
Five days later, council member Julie Palakovich Carr chipped in $50 to Osbody.
Team Rockville as a whole did its own fundraising, reporting $5,893.09 raised, $1,867.99 spent and $4,062.52 cash on hand.
Of the money raised, $600 came from a personal expense by council candidate Clark Reed, the city’s environment committee chairman and Team Rockville candidate.
However, the campaign committees of each of the five candidates themselves chipped in money too: $1,000 from Pierzchala, Palakovich Carr, Osdoby, council member Virginia Onley. Reed’s committee added $600.
Pierzchala and Osdoby both also contributed to the campaign committees of Onley and Palakovich Carr.