Andy Berke Mayoral Campaign Tops $665,000; Grohn, Tuder File Early

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Andy Berke spent $134,776 running for mayor in the period July 1, 2012, to Jan. 15, 2013. And he still has well over half a million dollars on hand.

The campaign of the Chattanooga attorney and former state senator took in $403,897 during the period, and already had $262,525 at the start.

The infusion of cash this period included $122,310 transferred from the Berke for Senate campaign fund.

The candidate got $5,000 from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that has members among city employees.

Other contributions included $5,000 from the Tennessee Realtors PAC, $7,100 from the IBEW Educational Committee, $2,500 from the TE PAC, $3,000 from the Jacobs Good Government Fund, $2,000 from the Anesthesiologists Associates PAC, $2,500 from the Ironworkers Local 704, $2,500 from the Tennessee Laborers PAC and $5,000 from the Chattanooga Homebuilders PAC.

Mr. Berke had staff expenses to Stacy Richardson, Molly Cooper, Elizabeth Crews and Jermaine Freeman and $1,000 rent to Andy, Marvin and Ronnie Berke. Other expenses included $4,375 and $8,100 to Siegel Strategies, $7,250 to Teak Digital, $2,450, $4,050, $1,500 and $1,000 to Grindstone Research, $1,500 to Little Smith Strategies, $7,250 to Brand Culture Company and $4,559 to Brook Textiles.    

Other contenders are Guy Satterfield and Chester Heathington. Early voting is underway and election day is March 5.

Mr. Berke submitted his totals prior to the start of early voting, though candidates are not required to file until next Tuesday.

Also filing early were City Council candidates Larry Grohn (District 4) and Roger Tuder (District 2). Mr. Grohn raised $3,160 during the period Oct. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012. That included a $2,100 loan from his wife, Carol. He started the campaign with $2,260.

Grohn contributors included Theresa Wood and Karen Chastain $100 each, Mark West $1,000, Brendan Jennings $150, Barj Barsoumian, Pamper Garner Crangle, Wayne Scott and Susan Voigt $200 each and Harold Coker and Nancy Patty $250 each.

Mr. Tuder spent $9,393 for the period that ended Jan. 15. He has $30,221 on hand.

Larger contributors included Dale Tuder, Tammy Tuder, Joseph Hailey and Sandra Tuder $1,400. Gifts of $500 came from C.M. Zeiser, Zach Wamp for Governor, Joe Hutcherson III, Roger Layne, Tennessee Valley Water Alliance, G. Scott Thompson, Mike Price, Pamela Massingill, Randy Massingill, Arcadis G&M, John Zeiser, T. Douglas Carter, Turner Wood, Ken Defoor, Greg Vital, Bruce Zeiser and the Tennessee Realtors PAC.

Other Tuder contributions included $1,250 from Ray Childers and $1,000 from Diane Helton, Emerson Russell, William Mayse, Rodney Callahan, the Committee to Re-Elect Claude Ramsey, Jim Sattler, Richard Pollard, Corky Coker, Steve Dillard and Bill Raines. John Foy gave $750.

Mr. Tuder's expenses included $4,000 to consultant Robin Smith and $2,454 to Smith/Waterhouse Strategies.   

   


Early Morning Fire Damages Hixson Home

Fire caused substantial damage to a Hixson home early Saturday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 3 a.m. and responded to 6208 North Innsbrook Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Charles Patten said smoke and flames were visible in the attached garage when the first firefighters arrived. The two ... (click for more)

Marcus Davis Shot On Walker Avenue Friday Night

Marcus Davis, 25,  was shot Friday night on Walker Avenue. At approximately 10:52 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 1900 block of Walker Avenue on a person shot call.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee, and was transported to a local hospital with the non-life-threatening injury. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain "Grounds" East Hamilton, 28-19

Signal Mountain was determined to run the football and take time off the clock Friday night in the second half of its 28-19 non-district victory over rival East Hamilton before a standing-room-only crowd at Hurricane Hill. “That’s our kind of football,” Eagles coach Bill Price said after the season opening game for both teams. “It was a tough football game and we just got out ... (click for more)

Maynor Leads Soddy Daisy Past Hixson, 49-36

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a high school football game, then you should have been at  Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field Friday night. Defense was all but non-existent on either side as the host Trojans took advantage of five touchdown passes from southpaw senior quarterback Hunter Maynor to outlast the Hixson Wildcats, 49-36. The last two minutes of the ... (click for more)