The campaign to succeed Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, who represents Knoxville City Council’s 2nd District, is the most expensive in terms of money collected and spent so far in all the district races in the Aug. 29 nonpartisan primary.
Financial disclosures filed in the second quarter, due July 10, show the four candidates in the 2nd District race have received around the same amount of money, with three candidates making loans or contributing substantially to their own campaigns.
Only Wayne Christensen, retired Knox Youth Sports executive director, has not made a loan in raising $19,745 between April 1-July 31. He reported spending $2,423 and has a balance of $20,822. Among his expenditures was attendance at a CEOs for Cities workshop in Greenville, S.C., where Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was a speaker.
“Very stimulating and chance to spend lots of time with many elected and appointed leaders of Knoxville,” he said in an email.
Businessman Brandon Bruce reported receiving $33,875, with $25,000 of that in loans. He said he spent $19,5535 and had $14,334 on hand.
Lawyer Andrew Roberto reported raising $23,579, spending $10,233 and having $20,709 on hand. He earlier made a $5,000 loan to his campaign, which he is not claiming as an obligation. His largest contribution this report was DRIVE, a political action committee of the Teamsters, which gave $5,000.
Retired math tutor David Williams reported raising $22,465, of which he gave $10,000 and a family member, Leroy Williams, contributed $1,500. He also received $1,500 each from Alice, Eugene, William E. and W.M. White, he reported.
In the 1st District race, Stephanie Welch, vice president of operations for the Great Schools Partnership, raised substantially more money than three competitors to succeed Councilman Nick Pavlis. She reported receiving $12,270 in the second quarter, spending $3,586 and had $8,684 on hand. Commercial Realtor Tim Hill was among her contributors with $1,000.
Greg Knox reported raising $989, spending $599 and having a $108. Rebecca Parr reported raising $2,680, spending $1,677 and having $1,004 on hand. Andrew Wilson reported raising $3,029, including $800 from himself; spending $3,059, and having $119 on hand.
In the crowded 13-person race for the 6th District seat to replace Councilman Dan Brown, Realtor Jennifer Montgomery raised the most money at $2,971 with Gwen McKenzie, an executive with CVS Caremark, coming in second with $2,504.
Montgomery said she spent $2,700 and had a $472 balance. McKenzie said she spent $2,490 and had $107 on hand.
The Rev. John Butler, immediate past president of the NAACP, reported raising $2,120, including a $700 loan to himself; spending $897 and had $1,223 balance. Maurice L. Clark Sr. said he raised $1,771, spent $1,096 and had on hand, $675.
Michael Covington, who has run unsuccessfully as a Republican in partisan races, reported he received $1,500 in contributions but also made loans of $2,200; spent $1,343 and has $272 on hand. Realtor Hill also contributed $1,000 to Covington.
David Gillette reported raising $1,481, spent $1,401 and had $419 on hand.
Damon Rawls raised $1,605, spent $338 and had $,1267 on hand. Brandy Slaybaugh raised $1,362, spent $1918 and had $831 on hand.
The other candidates in the 6th District race reported raising under $1,000. They are Joyce Brown, Charles Frazier, Kennie Riffey and Shawnee Rios. Zimbabwe U. Matavou did not file a report.
In the 4th District Race to replace Councilman Nick Della Volpe, former state Rep. Harry Tindell reported raising $7,692, spending $5,496 and having $2,305 on hand. He reported obligations of $2,307.
Lauren Rider, reported raising $6,910, spending $6,518 and having on hand $2,305. Others in the race are Dan Davis, who said he had $409 on hand, and Jack Knoxville, who reported having $126 on hand.
Lawyer James Corcoran, who ran in the Republican primary for the state Legislature in 2016 against state Rep. Martin Daniel, received a $750 contribution from Daniel to represent the 3rd District. Corcoran reported raising $2,725, spending $1,438 and having $6,666 on hand. He has $3,000 outstanding in loans in the campaign.
Jody Mullins reported he raised $2,501, including $837 from himself; spending $1,415 and having $1,247 on hand. Realtor Hill contributed $500 to Mullins, who seeks to replace Councilwoman Brenda Palmer.
Other candidates are Seema Singh Perez, who received $8,000, including a $6,600 loan; spent $609, and had $7,391 on hand. De’Ossie Deon Dingus Sr. said he received $200 and spent nothing.
All incumbents in the five districts are term-limited.
IN STATEWIDE CAMPAIGNING: Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for governor in 2018, announced Wednesday his upcoming financial report due this week will show that in four months of campaigning, he has accumulated contributors in all 95 counties of the state. No figures were provided in a statement from Boyd campaign CEO Chip Saltsman.
Saltsman said having contributors in all counties is an unprecedented early show of grassroots support, particularly for a first-time candidate.
Georgiana Vines is retired News Sentinel associate editor. She may be reached at [email protected]