Knox County Democrats and Republicans plan election fundraising events


The Knox County Democratic and Republican parties will host fundraisers next month with their speakers reflecting the big differences in their party ideologies.

The presidents of both sides say their fundraising is off to a good start with ticket sales and sponsorships. Republicans are promoting the event as a way to “take back the city of Knoxville from Socialist Democrats who aim to make Knoxville into Portland, Oregon,” according to an ad promoting an upcoming dinner party. Portland has been the scene of protests since George Floyd was assassinated by a police officer.

The two local party presidents each criticized the choice of speakers for the other party.

At the first event, the former US Senator from Alabama. Doug jones will speak at the Democrats’ Truman Day Dinner at 6 p.m. on August 13 at the World’s Fair Park Foundry. Former federal prosecutor served an unexpired sentence of 2017 until his loss to Republicans Tommy Tuberville in the 2020 election. Jones has since become a commentator on CNN, worked in the spring as a member of politics and civil service at Georgetown University, and was on a shortlist of candidates under consideration for the post of United States Attorney General by the President. Joe biden before Merrick garland was chosen.

In a statement released in June, the president of the Knox GOP Daniel Herrara called Jones a “radical far-left politician who is of the same fabric as (the senator) Bernie sanders be p.) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He also said that the Knox County Democratic Party “fully adheres to the far left, anti-police, pro-abortion, open border and social agenda that is being pushed across the country.”

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Chairman of the Knox County Democratic Party Matt Shears said Jones speaks for free and will drive with his wife to the event. The party will bear the travel costs. Among the $ 5,000 sponsors is Knoxvillian Roy Cockrum, a former episcopal monk and actor who won the $ 153 million Powerball lottery in 2014.

Individual tickets cost $ 70 each until August 1, then become $ 75. Sponsors at the $ 5,000 and $ 1,000 levels will be invited to a pre-dinner reception with Jones and elected officials. Shears said Thursday that more than $ 30,000 had already been raised within one month of the event.

Charlie kirk

A week later, an American conservative activist and radio talk show host Charlie kirk will speak at the Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner at 7 p.m. on August 20 at Rothchild’s Catering, 8807 Kingston Pike. Kirk is one of the founders of Turning Point USA, an organization that champions conservative values ​​on high school, college and university campuses.

Herrara said Kirk’s speaker fee of $ 20,000 includes travel expenses.

“Notorious con artist Charlie Kirk has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election was stolen, spread misinformation about COVID, compared vaccination guidelines to apartheid, claimed Juneteenth was racist, spread the absurd lie that Joe Biden had dementia, and more, “Shears said Friday. “Frankly, it’s embarrassing that he’s even setting foot in County Knox and even more embarrassing that the local GOP is paying him so much money to come and lie to them. I would like to think that any Republican elected official with even an ounce of dignity would boycott the Lincoln Day dinner.

The price of individual tickets for the GOP dinner is $ 100, which includes admission to candidates’ booths before dinner. Those who purchase $ 250 VIP tickets or $ 1,500 table sponsorships are invited to a private pre-dinner reception with Kirk.

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Herrara said VIP tickets are capped at 100 and are almost sold out. “Our aim is to pack the Rothchilds (which can seat 500 people)” and “a lot of candidates, elected officials and ordinary people too” are buying tickets, he said.

Meaning of the United States. Marsha blackburn and Bill hagerty be p. Tim burchett must attend, said Herrara. Governor Bill Lee was invited.

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CCM IS PLANNING A WEEKEND FOR ITS CANDIDATES: The City Council movement, a progressive group that seeks to elect three candidates in non-partisan elections on August 31 and November 2, has a number of activities this weekend. The CCM says it organized in 2014 to address health, political education and economic issues that primarily affect African American communities.

Advisor Amelia Parker, which represents the city as a general representative, was elected in 2019 with the support of this group. District Councilor 3 Seema Singh, who is running for re-election, had backers in 2017, but inconsistently supported the movement’s goals during her first term. She is not part of the group this year but is not her only opponent either, Nicolas Ciparro.

The candidates of the movement are David Hayes, who has already been a candidate for council, facing outgoing councilor Tmum smith and Elizabeth murphy represent District 1; Jen mcmahon, looking for the place of District 4 against the outgoing city councilor Lauren Cavalier and restaurateur Jim Klonaris; and Deidra Harper, appearing against the outgoing municipal councilor Gwen McKenzie, who is also vice-mayor, and Garret holt for the station in district 6.

CCM plans to knock on doors or at the telephone bank on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting at CWA-UCW Union Hall, 1415 Elm St., and on Sunday, July 18, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., meeting at Mary Vestal Park in South Knoxville. There will also be a lunch meeting with the three candidates from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday July 17 at CWA-UCW Union Hall.

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Then, training on winning elections will be provided by Preservative mills, a community activist, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. She was active in Amelia Parker’s campaign two years ago, she said. A free lunch will be provided, according to an announcement.

In District 1, Hayes, an activist and participant in Knoxville’s Black Lives Matter and Black Coffee Justice, had previously run for council in 2019, but lost to Janet Tester. He also ran for the opening of District 1 last year, but was not selected by city council, which instead chose Tommy Smith, vice president of Ackermann PR.

Smith’s campaign activities have included events in various locations in District 1 to which the public is invited. The next one is at 6 p.m. on August 7 at South Coast Pizza.

He said his fundraiser was successful, with $ 13,531 in contributions and a fund balance of $ 28,030 to report in a disclosure due Monday, July 12.

“I am extremely proud of the support. I do not accept money from outside the PAC. These are real people who believe in me, not outside interests, ”he said. Among the PACS active in city affairs this year are the Scruffy Little City Political Action Committee which assists candidates outside of the Smith District, and the Knox Liberty Organization, which seeks to have a petition on the capping of the city. City tax rate at $ 2.4638 per $ 100 of assessed value.

The other District 1 candidate is Elizabeth Murphy, a Conservative activist who said she has no events planned for the next few weeks.

In District 3, CCM candidate McMahon is a co-founder of Century Harvest Farms, a non-profit organization that helps recently incarcerated people or people recovering from drug addiction.

Klonaris said he had no plans for any organized activities “other than daily presentations to potential voters.”

Rider said she had just completed a series of house parties and a “big” fundraiser at the Magnolia Gallery. Early voting will kick off on August 11 at 5 p.m. at New Harvest Park, and then she and her supporters will travel to Habaneros, 4620 Greenway Drive, she said.

Rider was still finalizing his financial disclosure report on Friday, but said a spreadsheet showed $ 35,720 was raised for the quarter.

In District 6, candidate CCM Harper is a partner of Elite Facility Maintenance and General Manager of B&B Lawn Services. In addition to campaigning with the other CCM candidates, she took care of her own activities.

McKenzie, as deputy mayor, has ready-made opportunities to remind voters who she is as she seeks re-election. On Thursday, she said she no longer had confidence in the police chief’s leadership Eve Thomas after Knox News had several exclusive reports detailing the department’s continuing problems with a culture of racism. McKenzie said voters should check his website,, for upcoming events.

Holt, national sales manager for a medical technology company, is supported by some Republican office holders and President Herrara. It also benefits from the support of the Scruffy Little City PAC. Holt said Thursday he had no events planned for the next few weeks.

CONGRESS RACE: Mark Harmon, a former Knox County commissioner and professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee, has decided to run as a Democrat in 2022 against the Republican representative of the United States. Tim burchett to represent the 2nd Congressional District.

Harmon is known for his harsh criticism of Republican positions as a columnist, but he can also be witty. He recently won the Green Eyeshade Award for Best Journalism in the Southeast, took # 1 for Serious Commentary / Online Columns for Tennessee Look Out, and # 3 for Humorous / All Daily Commentary for the material in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee Tennessee Lookout and Tennessee Holler.

Previously, he ran for Congress in 1988 when he taught at Texas Tech in Lubbock. The 2nd District has six counties compared to the 33 counties in West Texas where he campaigned previously, he said.

Local Democratic strategist Paul witt is its treasurer and campaign chair.

Georgiana Vines is a retired Associate Editor of News Sentinel. She can be reached at [email protected]

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