District 24 council candidates raise more than $100K in battle

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:16pm

In one of the fiercest city races this campaign season, District 24 Metro Councilman Jason Holleman and his well-connected challenger, Sarah Lodge Tally, have reported raising a combined amount of more than $80,000 during this reporting period — a hefty sum for a district race. 

Holleman took in $30,651.73 between April 1 and June 30. The incumbent had more than $30,000 on hand from the previous reporting period, and he still has just over $45,000 in the bank. Holleman’s campaign spent a hair under $16,000 this period.

“I am comfortable that I am raising sufficient funds to get my message out to the voters, and I am proud that the dollars raised in my campaign have come overwhelmingly from people that I have represented for the last four years,” Holleman told The City Paper.

Challenger Tally, an attorney, raised a staggering $50,301.23 from April through June. Some of that appears to have come via the various political connections she and her family — her father is powerful Democratic lobbyist Dick Lodge — have made and maintained with Nashville’s players. Among those who have contributed to Tally's campaign so far are former Gov. Phil Bredesen ($1,000), former gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter ($500), District Attorney Torry Johnson ($250), former Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely ($250), and Leigh Walton, an attorney and treasurer for Mayor Karl Dean’s re-election campaign ($500).

During this reporting period, the Tally campaign spent $20,708.30. She has just shy of $30,000 in the bank.

"We're excited about the amount we have raised," Tally said. "Our fundraising shows the strong support that I have received since beginning this campaign. We've received contributions from all parts of the district, in amounts from $10 to $1,400."

Holleman has also raised more than $50,000 in this race, just not as quickly as Tally did. For the period from Jan. 16 through March 31, he reported pulling in $20,025. Their combined overall total — which stretches past $100,000 — is among the highest for any two-candidate Metro Council district race in the city government’s history.

This story has been updated. 

12 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/11/11 at 6:40

Anything related to Dick Lodge or his wife, would never get my vote!

By: haveasay on 7/11/11 at 10:35

Get Holleman out of there, he is not a councilman for all the people in our district, just his few loud friends. I will be voting for Tally and so will all my friends, I am working hard to help Tally defeat him. Mt. Juliet can keep him as their attorney, if we are lucky he will move there. He will break the rules to get his way no matter who gets hurt as long as he gets his way.

By: patsy on 7/12/11 at 6:07

Tonight at MBA's Paschal Theater at 7:00 pm Holleman and Tally will debate positions on past and future district and city issues by answering questions asked by Pat Nolan. The forum with the two candidates will be preceded at 6:00 pm by a meet and greet with the At Large candidates. The Forum is sponsored by West Nashville Presidents Council, a consortium of West Nashville neighborhood associations.

By: Kosh III on 7/12/11 at 6:30

I'm with you bfra.

Now that there's been an article on the "important" race, how about articles on all the other districts and candidates?

By: govskeptic on 7/12/11 at 6:59

Since that is a neighboring district I surely am asking myself lots of questions on
how much the Mayor will spend in his own campaign dollars and influence on beating any council member that doesn't salute every time he walks by! Just how many
other districts has the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce supplied their own
selected candidates to run?

By: dogmrb on 7/12/11 at 7:39

I recall the previous Mayor tested his coattails and he had none. I hope these fat cats learn you can't buy District 24, especially if you don't live in it!

By: haveasay on 7/12/11 at 8:11

dogmrb, the same goes for the 20th district it appears that a lady moved from bellemeade to the "nations" to help unseat the councilman in that district. Bending the rules and underhanded tricks seem to be spread throughout the West Nashville.Districts.

By: PKVol on 7/12/11 at 9:41

This story is not so damning to Dean as the link to the Nashville Scene story. It appears the mayor is willing to do about anything to sack the fairgrounds and it certainly has to make you wonder what is in that deal for him and others. The best thing to twart what Dean is trying to get done is to vote for YES on the referendum for the fairgrounds. Dean can't line up 27 of 40 council members to force anything through and by voting YES, this will be the requirement.

By: boyer barner on 7/12/11 at 10:07

Butch Cassidy:
Well, that ought to do it.
[after blowing the train car to smithereens]
Sundance Kid:
Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?

By: Funditto on 7/12/11 at 7:09

Talley will not win.

By: boyer barner on 7/12/11 at 9:00

If you check out Tally's web-site, it says little about her.

I'm sure she is a nice woman. And smart. And capable.

Immediately, I want to question her integrity, but that would be wrong.

I bet she has plenty of integrity.

However, it has been hi-jacked by Dean, her father (which is pathetic) and those encouraging her to run, either via personal appeals or via donations to her campaign.

If you think Tally REALLY wants to run for council, AND you think she will do a good job, then vote for her.

If you are undecided, then think about the motives and people behind her.

Maybe she would just rather get on with her own life.

By: NashMom on 7/18/11 at 1:28

Not happy with Tally's newest mailing in the least. She is gravely misrepresenting Holleman's record and stance on several key issues. I live in Sylvan Park and I personally credit Holleman for advocating for our vibrant Farmer's Market, pushing for responsible development on Charlotte Pike and not being afraid to question Dean's decisions on key projects.

You can't make everyone happy all of the time, but he is responsive and seems to make thoughtful decisions about his district.

In terms of Tally, I've always been suspicious of people who ride on their family's coat tails and certainly wouldn't want to think my vote was bought by the people with the most money in our city. I'll do my best to make sure my neighbors and friends know the other side of the story.