PHOTO: From left: moderator Dave Crouch, Sen. Jack Johnson, Rep. Glen Casada, Rep. Sam Whitson, speak at a town hall on Feb. 23, 2018, at Columbia State Community College’s Williamson campus. / Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
In second quarter financial disclosures filed earlier this month, Williamson County legislators have been quietly yet actively campaigning for re-election, while their challengers have spent less.
District 65 Rep. Sam Whitson received most of his $21,000 in contributions for the quarter from PACs of groups like Pfizer, the Tennessee Highway Contractors, Tennessee Professional Firefighters and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee (WSWT).
Whitson’s opponent, Democrat Toby Shaffer, has not filed a financial disclosure. Instead, Shaffer has a GoFundMe account, which has raised $135 of its $10,000 goal in three months.
Rep. Glen Casada took $8,500 from WSWT, and another $3,500 from the Tennessee Hospitality PAC in his contributions this quarter. Casada, the House Majority leader, is the incumbent in the district since 2000.
Below is publicly filed financial information on each candidate for the second quarter of 2018.
Ending balance: $309,574.12
Ending balance: $443.46
Ending balance: $115,509.98
Sen. Jack Johnson, District 23 (Republican incumbent)
Ending balance: $198,626.68
Ending balance: $4,442.21