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Roy Herron has $675,000 so far for 8th District congressional race

Roy Herron has $675,000 so far for 8th District congressional race

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9:03 pm
By: AP

 NASHVILLE (AP) — State Sen. Roy Herron said Monday he has accumulated more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed fellow Democrat John Tanner in Congress. Herron, a Dresden attorney, said the total includes $425,000 in contributions and a $250,000 check he wrote his campaign. All the money has been raised in the month since Tanner announced he wouldn’t seek a 12th term, he said. “We have a lot to be thankful for,” Herron said. After Tanner’s announcement, Herron dropped his gubernatorial bid to instead run for the northwestern Tennessee congressional seat. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen called Herron’s totals “a very impressive amount of money for him to have raised in such a short period of time.” Campaign finance laws don’t allow Herron to transfer the money raised for his gubernatorial campaign to his congressional bid. Most of the money given to his gubernatorial campaign by individuals has been refunded, Herron said. The National Republican Congressional Committee has been touting farmer Stephen Fincher’s candidacy after he raised more than $300,000 in his first quarterly report. The NRCC has tried to label Herron as out of touch with the voters in the largely rural 8th Congressional District that covers an area from just north of Memphis to the Kentucky border and east to Clarksville. “Roy’s fund-raising numbers are a bit underwhelming … for a politician who’s so fervently preached the liberal gospel,” said NRCC spokesman Andy Sere. Fincher adviser Tommy Hopper did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment and his most recent fund-raising numbers. Other Republican candidates include Jackson doctor Ron Kirkland, a Union City native who officially joined the race on Saturday, and network engineer Donn Janes of Brighton. Former state Rep. Phillip Pinion of Union City is also considering a bid for the Democratic nomination. He said Herron’s fund raising won’t influence the decision he plans to make in the next two or three weeks. “That doesn’t deter me,” Pinion said. “I think I can raise the money, and I’ve had a lot of commitments already made if I run.” Published in The Messenger 1.5.10

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