Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary starts today, and while you might not know what district you're in, you can at least find out who's bringing in the dough, thanks to the latest quarterly fundraising reports.
House District 13
Democrat Gloria Johnson, who's running unopposed in the primary, raked in the cash in the second quarter. She raised a total of $25,045 and only spent $1,749, giving her a sizable war chest heading into the fall. Most of Johnson's donations were $100 or less, but she received $5,000 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Education Committee, $1,000 from the Tennessee Education Association, $500 from Iron Workers Local No. 384, $500 from Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero, and $100 from Knox County Board of Education member Indya Kincannon.
On the Republican side, Gary Loe brought in $13,625, including a $1,000 donation from state Sen. Stacey Campfield, $1,400 from House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, $1,400 from House Chair Beth Harwell, and $500 from the Sevier County Good Government PAC.
Vanderbilt Brabson raised $3,673 during the same time period. While he did land a $150 donation from former mayoral candidate and Democrat Mark Padgett, the majority of his donation were from other Brabsons, including two $750 donations from his father.
House District 89
Tim Hutchison is the fundraising frontrunner in this race, having brought in $9,150. Roger Kane raised $2,570 and has loaned his campaign an additional $3,943. William G. "Bo" Pierce raised $3,326, although $400 of that seems be from himself. Joey McCulley reported $800 in donations, mostly from other McCulleys.
Senate District 6
State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, running unopposed in the primary, brought in $37,441 - and that's in addition to the $80,611 she already had on hand. Notable donors include Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett and his wife Dottie for a total of $500, former mayor Victor Ashe for $500, James Clayton of Clayton Bank & Trust for $1,000, psychologist Sharon Lord for $2,800, Mary Ellen Brewington of Cherokee Distributing for $1,000, and Marwan Zaouk, the owner of Beleeza Salon and Spa, for $2,000. Massey also received contributions from the Outdoor PAC of Tennessee ($1,000), the Sevier Good Government PAC ($1,000), the Tennessee Hospitality PAC ($1,000), and the Tennessee Volunteer PAC ($1,000).
During the same time period, Democratic candidate Evelyn Gill pulled in only $3,180. She was already fighting an uphill battle in a safely Republican district, and it seems likely it will only get harder from here on out.