Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; June 15, 2010:
Mayor Has Nearly 11,000 Contributions Representing All 95 Counties
NASHVILLE – On the heels of an internal poll showing Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam winning the race for the Republican nomination by double digits, Haslam’s campaign announced the mayor has now raised more than $8 million.
Haslam hit the mark after a well-attended fundraiser Monday night at the Nashville home of Stephanie and John Ingram. The two-term mayor has now drawn support to his campaign from a record amount of donors and contributions for a statewide race: nearly 11,000 contributions from more than 7,500 donors with all 95 Tennessee counties represented.
The fundraising total is the newest indication that Mayor Haslam has clear momentum one month before early voting begins, and a recent poll showed Haslam with 37 percent – 13 points more than his closest competitor – in a three-man race.
“We’re organized in every county. We have support in every county, and we’re continuing to grow that support across the state,” said Mark Cate, Campaign Manager. “The state faces many challenges ahead, and Tennesseans are eager to hear Mayor Haslam’s common-sense solutions for job creation, budget management and strengthening education.”
“Mayor Haslam is thankful for the support he has received, and we feel great about our position one month out from early voting,” said Campaign Finance Director Kim Kaegi. “To achieve this kind of success in this political and economic climate cements even further the Mayor’s position as the candidate Tennesseans see as the best qualified to guide the state over the next four years.”
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest level in 15 years, and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees.
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