Spending up in Chattanooga City Council races

Spending up in Chattanooga City Council races

February 27th, 2013 by Cliff Hightower in Local Regional News

The hottest City Council race - moneywise - lies between the Tennessee River and state Route 153.

More than $100,000 has been raised in the District 2 City Council race among candidates Jerry Mitchell, Priscilla Simmons and Roger Tuder. Mitchell received the lion's share, raising more than $60,000, while Tuder raised almost $40,000 and Simmons raised around $3,900.

Campaign financial disclosures were due Tuesday for city elections. Twenty-two of the 27 candidates turned in their forms.

In District 1, council candidate Tom McCullough outpaced his rivals by raising $14,140. Candidates Chip Henderson raised $8,120 and Jim Folkner raised $3,754.

Four District 4 candidates tried to keep pace with longtime Councilman Jack Benson. The 12-year council veteran raised $18,349. Candidates Larry Grohn raised $2,495, Ryan King brought in $5,498, Scott McColphin got $1,326 and Tom Tomisek gathered $3,025.

First-time political candidate Chris Anderson raised nearly three times as much money as his opponent, Councilman Manny Rico. Anderson brought in $18,175, while Rico raised $6,854.

Early voting for the city election ends Thursday. The city election is Tuesday.

District 1

• Pat Hagan: No report

• Chip Henderson: Raised, $8,120; balance on hand, $4,108

• Jim Folkner: Raised, $3,754; balance on hand, $81

• Tom McCullough: Raised $14,140; balance on hand, $8,645

District 2

• Jerry Mitchell: Raised $60,190; balance on hand, $22,279

• Priscilla Simmons: Raised $3,980; balance on hand, $69.71

• Roger Tuder: Raised, $39,845; balance on hand, $27,952

District 3

• Pam Ladd: Raised, $19,286; balance on hand, $3,200

• Ken Smith: No report

District 4

• Jack Benson: Raised $18,349; balance on hand, $8,812

• Larry Grohn: Raised $2,495; balance on hand, $2,495

• Ryan King: Raised, $5,498; balance on hand, $471

• Scott McColpin: Raised, $1,326; balance on hand, $437

• Tom Tomisek: Raised, $3,025; balance on hand, $141

District 5

• Russell Gilbert: Raised $30,449; balance on hand, $15,769

District 6

• Carol Berz: Raised, $16,117; balance on hand, $11,323

District 7

• Chris Anderson: Raised, $18,175; balance on hand, $6,230

• Karl Epperson: Raised $55, balance on hand, $5

• Manny Rico: Raised $6,854; balance on hand, $325

• Tramble Stephens: Raised, $0; balance on hand, $0

District 8

• Andrae McGary: No report

• Moses Freeman: Raised, $35,787; balance on hand, $6,853

District 9

• Peter Murphy: No report

• Yusuf Hakeem: Raised, $20,825; balance on hand, $12,675

Source: Individual campaign disclosures