Williamson County legislative incumbents, challengers, file second quarter financial disclosures


Williamson County legislative incumbents, challengers, file second quarter financial disclosures

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.

Glen Casada, District 63 (Republican incumbent)

Contributions: $11,500

Loans: $480

Expenditures: $7,029.81

Ending balance: $309,574.12

Bill Peach, District 63 (Democratic challenger)

Contributions: $1,400

Loans: $1,000

Expenditures: $1,956.54

Ending balance: $443.46

Sam Whitson, District 65 (Republican incumbent)

Contributions: $21,000

Loans: $0

Expenditures: $13,739.48

Ending balance: $115,509.98

Sen. Jack Johnson, District 23 (Republican incumbent)

Contributions: $2,355

Loans: $0

Expenditures: $5,644.66

Ending balance: $198,626.68

Kristen Grimm, District 23 (Democratic challenger)

Contributions: $8,199

Loans: $0

Expenditures: $3,656.79

Ending balance: $4,442.21

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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