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State House, Senate candidates file campaign financial disclosure documents

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Spring Hill Elections 2021

"I Voted" stickers at a Spring Hill voting location in 2021.

Republican and Democratic candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 61, 63, 65 and 92 and Senate District 27 will be included on the state’s primary ballot on Aug. 4, and all have submitted pre-election campaign financial disclosure forms to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Here is an overview of those candidates’ campaign funds and expenditures, organized chronologically by district.

House District 61

Republicans Gino Bulso and Bob Ravener are running for the Republican nomination in District 61.

Bulso’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $45,947. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $40,906.46 and $13,325 on the pre-primary form, with donors including former Williamson County Commissioner Todd Kaestner, Tim Pagliara of CapWealth, Barry Alexander of Alexander Automotive and Darrell and Stevie Waltrip of Darrell Waltrip Automotive. Bulso also received a $250 donation from former District 63 state Rep. Glen Casada. Bulso’s expenditures in the second quarter totaled $163,073.53, with the majority going to advertising and campaign workers.

Ravener’s ending balance on the pre-primary form was $121,833. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $57,527.29, with donors including fellow politicians Rep. Sam Whitson, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee, Barry Alexander, Lee Beaman, Bernie Butler, the Calvin Lehew Company, Jim Cross, Jan Marshall, Monty McInturff and Reese Smith IV, among others. The Tennessee Education Association Fund for Children & Public Education, Franklin Firefighters PAC and Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC were also contributors. Ravener’s expenditures in the second quarter totaled $45,043.04, mostly going towards advertising and campaign workers.

Steven Cervantes is the only Democrat on the ballot for District 61.

His ending balance was $1,562, and he received two contributions in the second quarter totaling $1,534. His total expenditures in the second quarter were $4,383, mostly in advertising.

District 63

Republicans James Sloan, Jake McCalmon, and Laurie Cardoza-Moore will be on the Republican ballot in District 63, with Kisha Davis the lone Democrat.

Sloan’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $368. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $8,403, all coming from himself. His expenditures in the second quarter totaled $8,245.32, mostly coming from yard signs and consulting with Imperial Independent Media, LLC.

McCalmon’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $115,951. He received $119,843.93 in contributions in the year’s first quarter, another $27,063.58 in the second quarter and $35,264 on his pre-primary form, some coming from notable Williamson County leaders and candidates, including Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Clerk candidate Jeff Whidby, among others. He also received contributions from Team Kid PAC, the WSWT PAC and Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC. McCalmon’s expenditures in the second quarter were $37,095.82 and $155,951 on his pre-primary form, with $84,619 on the latter going towards advertising by Smart Media and Acquire Digital.

Cardoza-Moore’s ending balance on her pre-primary form was $147. Her contributions in the second quarter were $37,746.81, with another $8,956 on her pre-primary form, with top donors including the Tennessee Firearms Association Legislative Action Committee and county residents. Her expenditures in the second quarter were $29,733.63, plus another $16,821 on her pre-primary form, with the vast majority of funds going to campaign signs and advertising.

Davis’s ending balance on her pre-primary form was $6,547. Her contributions in the second quarter totaled $10,393, with another $2,273 on her pre-primary form. Her top donors included the Williamson County Democratic Party and county residents. Her expenditures in the second quarter totaled $7,360.94, mostly coming from advertising.

District 65

Republican incumbent Sam Whitson is the only candidate on the ballot in District 65. His ending balance on the pre-primary form was $174,143. His contributions in the second quarter were $2,000, both $1,000 donations from the Franklin Firefighters PAC and Tennessee Professional Firefighters PAC, and another $2,850 in contributions were listed on his pre-primary form, with top donors including the Caregiver PAC, Concerned Automotive Retailers, BNSF Railway Company and Walgreen Co. His expenditures in the second quarter totaled $12,300.82, with another $4,949 on his pre-primary form, mostly coming from contributions to other state and county candidates’ campaigns, advertising and event fees to the Williamson County Republican Party.

District 92

Incumbent Republican Todd Warner is facing off against Spring Hill Alderman Matt Fitterer and former Williamson County Commissioner Jeff Ford in the Republican primary in District 92. Angela Hughes is the only Democrat running.

Warner’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $45,760. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $2,310, with another $8,600 on his pre-primary form, with donors including the Williamson County Republican Party, state Rep. Jerry Sexton and the Tennessee Firearms Association Legislative Action Committee. His expenditures in the second quarter totaled $36,465.20, with another $34,352 listed on his pre-primary form, and a vast majority went toward advertising by Dixieland Strategies and Effect TV, campaign workers and contributions to the Williamson County Republican Party.

Fitterer’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $2,707. His contributions included $22,281 in the year’s first quarter, $9,435 in the second quart and another $800 on his pre-primary form, and his biggest donors included Aubrey Preston, John and Margie Maher, and Donnie Cameron, among others. Fitterer’s expenditures in the first quarter were $4,625.19, $15,674.54 in the second quarter and another $24,508 on his pre-primary form, mostly spent on advertising and campaign signs.

Ford’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $35,312. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $9,078.03, including donations from Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, County Commissioner Paul Webb, former County Commissioners Todd Kaestner and Tom Moon, Marla Richardson, Nelson Andrews and others. Ford’s expenditures in the second quarter totaled $30,651.95, with another $43,588 listed on his pre-primary form, and the majority came from advertising.

Hughes’s ending balance on her pre-primary form was $100, and she received $853 in contributions in the second quarter, all coming from herself. 

Senate District 27

State Senator Jack Johnson, the state senate majority leader, is running against Gary Humble for the Republican nomination.

Johnson’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $299,327. His contributions in the second quarter totaled $181,720, with another $61,175 listed on his pre-primary form. His donors included multiple PACs, like the Tennessee Health Care Association Pac and the Tennessee Radiologists PAC, and local donors such as state Rep. Sam Whitson, Franklin Aldermen Beverley Burger and Brandy Blanton, and Williamson County Sheriff Dusty Rhoades, among others. His biggest contribution of $8,000 came from the Tennessee Bankers Association PAC, and he got $5,000 each from the Tennessee Oil Marketers PAC and TN Advance Financial PAC. His expenditures in the second quarter totaled $146,998.55, plus another $141,420 listed on his pre-primary form, mostly going towards advertising and campaign workers.

Humble’s ending balance on his pre-primary form was $26,257. His contributions in the year’s first quarter totaled $12,362, $123,955.89 in the second quarter and another $60,801 on his pre-primary form, mostly from residents and local business owners, including Darrell and Stephanie Waltrip and state House candidate Gino Bulso. He also received $2,000 from the Roving Patriots PAC. Humble’s expenditures included $98,981.93 in the second quarter and $71,511 on his pre-primary form, mostly on advertising.

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