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Staff File Photo / Red Bank Commissioner Ruth Jeno is the top second-quarter fundraiser among Hamilton County Commission candidates.

The May primary election decided eight of the now- 11 seats on the Hamilton County Commission, but three remain up for grabs in the Aug. 4 general election. As such, fundraising by the six candidates in Districts 6, 9 and 11 — according to second-quarter campaign finance disclosure totals reported to the Hamilton County Election Commission — has continued unabated.

Redistricting following the 2020 census not only created two new districts, 10 and 11, as approved by the county commission, but also placed the city of Red Bank all within one district, District 6, and carved most of District 10, in the eastern portion of the county, out of District 9.

So, the current District 6 and District 9 commissioners, David Sharpe and Steve Highlander, respectively, are facing slightly different sets of voters than those who originally put them in office.

Hamilton County Commission District 6

* David Sharpe, Democrat, incumbent: Second-quarter receipts, $18,516; total on hand, $56,409.88

* Ruth Jeno, Republican: Second-quarter receipts, $30,600; total on hand, $43,876.38

Sharpe, while raising less than his challenger, has more on hand from previous fundraising periods. Among his donations this quarter were $2,000 from Chatt-PAC, $990 from the Committee to Elect Jerry Mitchell (the former Chattanooga city councilman) and $500 from the campaign committee of current Chattanooga City Councilwoman Jenny Hill.

Jeno, a current Red Bank city commissioner, raised the most during the quarter of any Hamilton County commission candidate. Among her contributions were $2,500 from the Hamilton County Republican Party PAC, $1,600 from former state Rep. Gerald McCormick, $1,600 from former District 1 Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern, $1,600 from the campaign committee of state Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, $1,000 from the campaign committee of state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and $300 from state Rep. Greg Vital, R-Georgetown.

Hamilton County Commission District 9

* Steve Highlander, Republican, incumbent: Second-quarter receipts, $3,070; total on hand, $16,458.15

* Steve Caudle, Democrat: Second-quarter receipts, $5,780; total on hand, $6,398.84

Traditional Republican voters overwhelmingly outnumber Democrats in this district, so the fact Highlander — seeking his first full term on the commission — raised less than his opponent during the quarter is of little consequence. Among his donors were $1,500 from the Tennessee Realtors PAC, $250 from former Hamilton County Commissioner and current commission candidate Joe Graham and his wife, Letitia, $250 from the campaign committee of current Hamilton County Board of Education member James Walker, $200 from Republican State Executive Committeewoman candidate Emily Goldberg and $125 from former Hamilton County Commissioner and current state Rep. Greg Martin and his wife, Sheila.

Caudle was supported during the period by $1,600 apiece from perennial Democratic donors Olan Mills and Robert Mills and $500 from a listing of "Judge, city of Chattanooga."

Hamilton County Commission, District 11

* Montrell Besley, Democrat: Has not reported.

* Joe Graham, Republican: Second-quarter receipts: $6,900; total on hand, $18,844.02.

The results in this new district will be interesting. Traditional Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in it, but far more Republicans voted in the primary, even though Democrats had competitive races for county commission and school board while Republicans did not.

Among Graham's contributors were $2,000 from Chatt-PAC, $1,500 from the Tennessee Realtors PAC, $1,500 from Hamilton PAC and $300 from state Rep. Greg Vital, R-Georgetown.

Six competitive races for Hamilton County Board of Education — partisan for the first time — also remain on the August ballot. The big-money campaign among them is in the new District 11, which runs along the bottom of the county from its southwestern border to Missionary Ridge. Although the second-quarter receipts for the three candidates totaled $25,865, it comes nowhere close to the 2020 District 2 campaign in which nearly $57,000 was received in the second quarter.

Second-quarter fundraising totals:

District 3

* Joe Smith, Republican, incumbent: Second-quarter receipts, $2,675; total on hand, $435.50.

* Jenn Piroth, Democrat: Has not reported.

District 5

* Karitsa Mosley Jones, Democrat, incumbent: Has not reported.

* Charles Paty, Republican: Second-quarter receipts, $852; total on hand, $1,489.77.

District 6

* Jon Baker, Republican: Second-quarter receipts, $1,279; total on hand, $0.

* Ben Connor, Democrat: Second-quarter receipts, $8,851; total on hand, $15,713.73.

District 8

* Larry Grohn, Republican: Has not reported.

* Katie Perkins, Democrat: Second-quarter receipts, $5,550; total on hand, $4,595.96.

District 10

* Faye Robinson, Republican: Second-quarter receipts, $1,373.80; total on hand, $824.52

* Jeffery Crim, Democrat: Has not reported.

* Christine Essex, independent: Has not reported.

District 11

* Virginia Anne Manson, Republican: Second-quarter receipts, $7,970; total on hand, $32,641.56.

* Jill Black, Democrat: Second-quarter receipts, $13,385; total on hand, $16,549.60.

* Steve McKinney, independent: Second-quarter receipts, $4,510; total on hand, $3,273.17.

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