EXCERPT: The family of former Mayor Bill Haslam has so far been largely absent from the race to elect his successor, but that reticence has apparently ended: Among the donors listed on Mark Padgett’s latest financial disclosure form are both of Haslam's siblings: His brother James A. "Jimmy" Haslam III gave $1,000, and his sister Ann Bailey gave $2,000. (Her husband Steve donated the same amount).
In all, Padgett is reporting a preliminary amount of $140,000 raised in the last quarter, for a total to date of over $265,000, with cash on hand of more than $160,000. Other names of note on his list include Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Mortgage, and the PAC of Congressman Heath Shuler.
In a statement released with his report, Padgett says, “I’m honored by the support I have received from voters who want a mayor with business experience, energy, and a fresh perspective in city government.”
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