Yarbro steps out with large fundraising lead in Sen. District 21

Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:43pm

Democrats aren’t waiting for formal announcements to choose sides in the upcoming state Senate District 21 primary between Jason Holleman and Jeff Yarbro.

Financial disclosures filed Monday showed Yarbro, an attorney, with a more than 4-to-1 lead in fundraising just outside of a year from election day. Yarbro’s full disclosure is not yet available online, but he told The City Paper that he brought in nearly $95,000 this quarter, giving him a total of $101,089.90 on hand. Holleman, who is also an attorney as well as a Metro Councilman, received $22,200.

“I’m thrilled to have this level of support from friends and folks, and volunteers all over that pretty clearly want to see big change in the state legislature,” said Yarbro, who narrowly lost a primary challenge to Sen. Douglas Henry in 2010.

“I’ve been spending my time going around the district, gauging support and getting a sense of whether there was support to continue the campaign we launched four years ago and I feel good about that. You’ll definitely see more coming.”

Holleman’s haul was dwarfed, but his disclosure does feature some big names. Former Mayor Bill Purcell, who now works for the same law firm as Holleman, and speculative 2015 mayoral candidate Bill Freeman were among the contributors.

“Each time I’ve successfully run for public office, I’ve started by focusing on spending time with the people in the district,” Holleman told The City Paper. “I’ve never raised the most money, but I’ve raised enough money, and I expect to do that in the months ahead in this race as well.”

5 Comments on this post:

By: whitetrash on 7/16/13 at 1:19

Contributions will be a game changer in this race. "TV"

By: govskeptic on 7/17/13 at 6:53

Is this a semi-endorsement in the very early stages of this upcoming primary?

By: Left-of-Local on 7/17/13 at 8:45

The BEST takeaway... This time we will not have the irritating cloud of that relic Henry to stop a new young leader from getting his opportunity to serve.

By: PKVol on 7/17/13 at 9:56

Left-of-Local, there you go again with the name-calling. You really show your intelligence when you do that.

I would hope the people would honor the service that Sen. Henry has given by electing Mr. Holleman or someone else that won't march in lock-step with his party - I'm assuming Mr. Yarbro will get the endorsement of most of the established democrats.

By: amabelmathews89 on 7/23/13 at 1:00

Holleman’s haul was dwarfed, but his disclosure does feature some big names. Former Mayor Bill Purcell, who now works for the same law firm as Holleman, and speculative 2015 mayoral candidate Bill Freeman were among the contributors.
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