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Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Councilman Darrin Ledford speaks during a meeting in the Chattanooga City Council chamber on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ledford has raised $53,000 from more than 50 individual donors since establishing his re-election campaign in January, the most of any council candidate.

At least $238,000 has been raised by 15 candidates in seven opposed Chattanooga City Council races, showing strong financial support for incumbents, with expensive races in Districts 2, 4 and 7.

This week, all municipal candidates were required to report their contributions and expenditures from the most recent period — ending Jan. 15 — to the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Of the 19 candidates in opposed races, 15 had filed their disclosures as of Friday.

Below are totals by district, rounded to the nearest thousand:

District 2, including North Chattanooga and Riverview: $98,000 raised

Three candidates have raised nearly $100,000 for the race for outgoing Councilman Jerry Mitchell's seat.

Businessman Thomas Lee narrowly leads the pack in fundraising with $47,000 raised since establishing his campaign in December.

School board member Jenny Hill has raised $45,000 from over 60 contributors — including $1,600 from Mitchell's political committee — since establishing her campaign in September.

Chemical engineer Tim Gorman trails his competitors with $6,000 raised since establishing his campaign in December.

District 3, including Dupont, Hixson and Murray Hills: $3,000 raised

Incumbent Councilman Ken Smith has raised under $2,000 since establishing his campaign in January, but has a balance of roughly $30,000 from money raised in previous campaigns.

Challenger Rachael Torrence has not raised any funds but has contributed under $1,000 to her own campaign.

District 4, including East Brainerd and Concord: $54,000 raised

Incumbent Councilman Darrin Ledford has raised $53,000 from more than 50 individual donors since establishing his campaign, the most of any council candidate.

Challenger and Signal Centers board president Bill Lloyd has raised under $1,000 from a single donor since announcing his campaign in December.

District 5, including Bonny Oaks and Dalewood: $4,000 raised

Of the five candidates in the race for outgoing Councilman and mayoral candidate Russell Gilbert's seat, two reported their financials to the election commission on time.

Isaiah Hester led among those who had reported, showing $3,000 raised from nine donors since establishing his campaign in December.

Alan "A.J." Holman had raised under $1,000 from an unknown number of contributors.

Cynthia Stanley-Cash, Dennis Milton Clark and Leanne Jones had not filed their disclosures as of Friday.

District 7, including Alton Park and East Lake: $53,000 raised

Former Mayor's Chief of Staff Ken Hays has raised more than 12 times his opponent's earnings with $49,000 from nearly 100 donors since establishing his campaign in September, giving him the strongest financial lead of any non-incumbent candidate.

Community Activist Raquetta Dotley trailed with just under $4,000 raised from about 40 donors.

District 8, including Amnicola, Avondale and Bushtown: $11,000 raised

Incumbent Councilman Anthony Byrd leads fundraising over his two challengers and has raised about $9,000 from roughly 20 donors since establishing his campaign in November.

Activist Marie Mott has raised just under $2,000 from five donors and self-funded around another $2,000 since establishing her campaign in 2019.

College student D'Andre Anderson had not filed disclosures as of Friday.

District 9, including East Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge: $13,000 raised

Incumbent Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod has raised just over $10,000 from 40 contributors in her race for a second term.

Challenger Kelvin Scott has raised just under $3,000 since establishing his campaign in October.

Contact Sarah Grace Taylor at staylor@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6416. Follow her on Twitter @_sarahgtaylor.

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