Johnson Leads in District 13 Fund-Raising

Democratic House candidate Gloria Johnson had twice as much cash on hand as her nearest Republican opponent as of the close of the second quarter. In the financial disclosure as of June 30 Johnson reported $19,645 raised during the quarter and cash on hand of $24,674.

Republican candidate Gary Loe reported $12,225 raised during the quarter and cash on hand of $12,308.

The 13th District is the redrawn district held by Democratic state Rep. Harry Tindell, who did not seek re-election. It was drawn to be majority Republican; some of the Democratic precincts were added to Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong and some Republican areas of South Knox and Sequoyah Hills were added to the 13th. The Republicans view the seat as a pick-up. Johnson is the chair of the Knox County Democratic Party.

Loe says he has had several contributions since the June 30 reporting deadline and that Johnson has an advantage in primary fund-raising because she is unopposed. Some Republicans are holding off contributing until the primary is over. Traditionally, House Republicans and the leadership PACs wait until after the primary, or more likely, have contributed since June 30 because the next financial report will be after the primary.

Loe is opposed in the primary by Vanderbilt Brabson.