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.”