Mayor Karl Dean’s re-election campaign raised $332,000 over the last financial reporting quarter, a total that puts his troops with $473,000 on hand as the campaign heads into the early voting period later this week.
Dean’s impressive fundraising totals come even though he’s running against a crop of unknowns: Marvin Barnes, Bruce Casper and James Keeton. Two of three raised no money. Keeton has less than $1,000 on hand.
“I thank those who continue to support my efforts to move Nashville forward,” Dean said in a statement. “This election is very important for the city. We need to capitalize on the progress we’ve made and keep the momentum alive.”
All candidates running for Metro office this August were required to report their fundraising totals on Monday. Dollars reported were collected between April and June 30.
In April, Dean had reported $525,000 on hand. He has since produced two television commercials, among other expenditures. His campaign reported spending more than $384,000 over the last quarter.
Early voting begins July 15 and runs through July 30. Election Day is Aug. 4.