Mitchell Leading Fundraiser In City Council Race

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jerry Mitchell, former city parks and recreation director, is the leading fundraiser in contests for City Council.

Mr. Mitchell brought in $60,190 in his quest to replace Sally Robinson in District 2. Roger Tuder had around $40,000. Priscilla Simmons reported $3,980 in receipts, including a $1,350 loan from herself.

Moses Freeman, another former city official, took in over $35,000 in his quest to unseat District 8 incumbent Andrae McGary. Councilman McGary, who initially said he would not seek re-election, decided to do so after losing a state Senate race.

He did not turn in a campaign report by Tuesday's deadline, election officials said.   

In a hotly contested race in District 4, incumbent Jack Benson garnered over $23,000 - much of it from officials of CBL & Associates that operate Hamilton Place Mall. Ryan King had about $5,500 and Larry Grohn about $6,000. Tim Tomisek had $4,239 and Scott McColpin took in $1,326.

Pam Ladd, trying to hang onto her District 3 seat, raised over $19,000. Election officials said challenger Ken Smith had not yet turned in a report

Former school administrator Tom McCullough raised $14,140 in his quest to take the seat being vacated by Deborah Scott in District 1. Chip Henderson, former county school board chairman, raised $8,120. Jim Folkner had $3,754 that he contributed to his campaign. A form was not available for Pat Hagan.

Chris Anderson, longtime Democratic Party activist, raised around $18,000 in his attempt to unseat Manny Rico in District 7. Mr. Rico had $4,859. Tramble Stephens did not raise any funds. Karl Epperson reported $5 collected and $5 still on hand.

Yusuf Hakeem, a former City Council member, raised $20,825 for an attempt to retake the District 9 seat from Peter Murphy. Election officials said Mr. Murphy had not yet turned in a report.

Two incuments who are unopposed brought in hefty amounts. District 6 Councilwoman Carol Berz took in about $16,000 and spent $4,794. District 5 Councilman Russell Gilbert gathered over $30,000 and spent $14,679.

In the mayor's race, Guy Satterfield put $1,849 in his campaign to go against over $665,000 for former state Senator Andy Berke. Chester Heathington has not filed a report.

Mr. Mitchell has spent $37,911 thus far. He was among candidates receiving $7,100 from the IBEW PAC. There were a number of donations from the Donina family, including $1,400 from Robert Jr., Carla and Levina and $750 from Robert and from Stella. Gifts of $1,400 came from Ruth Holmberg, Sharon Mills, Nancy Jolley, Hal Pitkow of New Hope, Pa., and Paul Neely. He received $900 from Frances McDonald. He got $500 from Brenda Fennewald, Lee Davis, Paul K. and Cornelia Brock, Roger Dickson. Dr. William Matthews, Lisa Strait, Joel Richardson Jr., Resources Inc., Deborah Everhart, Paul Shuford, Scott Probasco Jr. and Todd Moreland. Gifts of $1,000 included Ben Probasco, Blair Carter, Henry Franklin, John Allen Brooks, Jon Kinsey, Julia Harrison, Kristin Brown, Robert and Joan Emerson, Sara Harrison, Tim and Corrine Hennen, W.L. Carter, Betty Brooks, Taylor Harrison, Marvin Smith, Gordon and Susan Street, Olan Mills II, Modular Industrial Computers, Sarah and Jeffrey Lorberbaum, Asbestos Workers, Ironworkers Local and SEIU.   

Mitchell expenses included $6,000 for campaign director Sammy Lowdermilk.

Mr. Tuder had $1,400 from Dale Tuder, Tammy Tuder, Joseph Hailey, Sandra Tuder and Lewis Dyer. 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 $500 gifts were the Re-Election Campaign of Gerald McCormick, Christian Rose, Larry Wells, Franklin Farrow and Thompson Risk Management. He received $1,000 from the Home Builders and from Laura Tutton of Chickamauga, Ga. 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. Freeman has spent almost $29,000 including $4,000 to Tyler Yount, campaign manager, $915 to campaign workers and $1,350 to the Hamilton County Democratic Party for renting his headquarters.

He received $7,100 from IBEW and $5,000 from SEIU. Al Chapman contributed $900. He received $1,000 from James Pratt, Asbestos Workers and Ironworkers Local 704. Gifts of $500 were from Lee Davis, William Carriger, Larry Wells, Bob McKamey, Tom Greenholz, Jon Kinsey, Whitney Durand and John Foy.

Councilman Benson had $1,000 from the Home Builders and from Bobby Lee Cook. He received $500 from Mitch Patel, Jim Sattler, Arcadis G&M, Franklin Farrow, Greg Vital, MAP Engineers, Mike Price, Charles Lebovitz, Augustas Stephens, Michael Lebovitz, Farzana Mitchell, Allen Lebovitz, Hal North, Albert Waterhouse, Stephen Lebovitz and Ben Landress.

Mr. King has spent over $5,000. He put $850 in the effort and had $1,000 from Issa Bassam and $750 from Jenny Hullander.

Mr. Grohn had $1,000 from Bassam Issa and Mark West and $500 from Thomas Long. 

Councilwoman Ladd has spent over $16,000. Her gifts included $2,000 from the Home Builders, $1,000 from Ruth Holmberg, $750 from Donnie Hutcherson and $500 from Brent Staton, the Tennessee Valley Water Alliance, Bart Brown, Arcadis G&M and Larry Wells.

Mr. McCullough had $1,500 from Rilda Marler and $1,000 from Ray Marler and from the Home Builders. Ken Defoor and Wayne and Valerie Tipps gave $500 each.

Mr. Henderson spent over $4,000, including $1,899 for campaign manager Royce Burden and $1,000 for consultations with Rivers Edge Alliance. He received $500 from Peggy Woody, Jerry Walls, Matthew Ware and John Zeiser and loaned the campaign $1,000.

Mr. Anderson spent almost $12,000. He received $1,132 from Jay Roark, $1,000 from Jerry Tidwell, $900 from Emily Beer, $750 from Sarah Faulkner, $550 from Marvin Cranfield and $500 from Olan Mills.

Councilman Rico spent $3,545. His gifts included $2,000 from Rico Monuments and $500 from Greg Vital, Bob McKamey and Arcadis G&M.

Mr. Hakeem spent over $8,000. He received $7,100 from IBEW and $5,000 from SEIU. He had $1,000 from Joseph Chaudhari, Ironworkers Local 704 and Asbesto Workers and $5,000 from Mason & Daughters LLC, Ashish Chaudhari, Jon Kinsey and Tennessee Realtors.

Councilwoman Berz received $7,100 from IBEW, $1,000 from Earthworx, Ironworkers Local 704, Insulators and Allied Workers and IBEW and $500 from the Home Builders, Arcadis G&M and SEIU.

Councilman Gilbert had $7,100 from IBEW, $1,000 from A.P. Woodard, Juanita Graham, Warren and Terry Michaels, Karen Nuckolls, Insulators and Allied Workers and the Home Builders. He received $700 from Betty Brooks and $500 from the Tennessee Valley Water Alliance, Lillie Gould, Arcadis G&M, SEIU, Classic Rural Properties, Classic Affiliate Properties and BCA Business Computer Applications.












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