With the next round of financial disclosures for Knoxville mayoral candidates due today, contenders Marilyn Roddy, Mark Padgett, Madeline Rogero and Ivan Harmon have released reports showing some serious tightening on the money front. You may recall that Roddy led the pack back in February, showing $99,708 raised to date, compared with about $90,000 for Padgett, about $44,000 for Rogero, and just over $16,000 for Harmon. The new reports, covering the period through March 31, show that Rogero--who didn't officially enter the race until December--more than doubled her total, bringing in $52,315. Combined with another $6,490 raised since the deadline, her campaign says Rogero has now raised $103,000. She has balance on hand of about $60,000. Roddy, meanwhile, added $25,750 for the period, bringing her total to $125,458. She reports cash on hand of $99,533. That leaves Roddy still the top fund-raiser overall, but trend-watchers will note that Rogero more than doubled her intake for the most recent period.
Roddy, a member of City Council, and Rogero, who ran a close second to Bill Haslam for mayor in 2003, have been generally seen as the two top contenders since early in the race. But the young, politically inexperienced Padgett added another $34,864, putting him just barely behind Roddy in total contributions. He reports a balance on hand of about $65,000, plenty to keep him viable as a significant factor in the race. Harmon, meanwhile, added just over $20,000 to his coffers, leaving him with just under $25,000 in available cash.