TOWSON, MD - Even before any votes have been tallied in the race for Baltimore County Executive, Republican nominee Al Redmer, Jr. has already made history by running the most competitive campaign by a Republican in a generation.The Redmer campaign has reached a number of historic milestones over the last year, giving Baltimore County voters a rare choice between two well-funded, viable candidates for the county’s top office.
Fundraising:Never before has a Republican candidate for Baltimore County Executive seen so much financial support throughout the county. In May, the Redmer campaign shattered the previous GOP fundraising record for a candidate for Baltimore County Executive, raising more money in the primary election than any other Republican candidate had raised through a general election. The previous record was $287,000.Since announcing his campaign in September of 2017, Redmer has raised over $1 million. Over half of those contributions came from individuals, compared to his opponent’s less than 40 percentof contributions from individuals. In addition, the two candidates for Baltimore County Executive both raised over $500,000 in the most recent reporting period, further proving the competitive nature of this race.
Advertising:Redmer became the first candidate for Baltimore County Executive to air television ads during the general election cycle, beating his opponent to the air by a week. The Redmer campaign likely benefited by debuting ads first, helping to define their opponent on television.In addition, Redmer is the first Republican candidate to ever air ads on broadcast television. Broadcast television ads are one of the most effective, but expensive, tools to raise a candidate’s name identification and spread their message to a diverse electorate.Even more notable is the fact that the Redmer campaign released not one but two broadcast television ads. The second ad, featuring Governor Larry Hogan, highlights Hogan’s enthusiastic endorsement of Redmer as well as their close personal and professional relationship and how their similar leadership styles will benefit Baltimore County residents and job creators.
Voter Contact:The Redmer campaign has made an unprecedented number of direct voter contacts since the primary election. Since the primary election, volunteers countywide have made over 13,000 get-out-the-vote phone calls and knocked on over 150,000 doors in every district in the county.Redmer’s opponent, by comparison, has stated that his team’s goal was to knock on 100,000 doors through the entirety of his campaign.Endorsements:Redmer is the first Republican to ever receive the endorsement of all three major public safety unions in Baltimore County: FOP Lodge #4, the Baltimore County police union; FOP Lodge #25, the Baltimore County sheriffs union; and IAFF Local 1311, the Baltimore County firefighters union.Each of these union’s membership voted overwhelmingly to endorse Redmer for Baltimore County Executive.
Redmer has also secured the endorsement of several well-known Baltimore County Democrats, including former County Executive Dennis Rasmussen, former County Councilman and State Delegate Joe Bartenfelder, and former Lt. Governor Mickey Steinberg. The Redmer campaign expects to receive significantly better support among Democrats than previous Republican campaigns.Additionally, Redmer received the endorsements of the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees (CASE), the union representing the principals, assistant principals, and other administrative employees in the Baltimore County School system, as well as Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a statewide, nonpartisan organization that advocates for pro-growth policies supporting economic development and increased job opportunities across Maryland.