By EMILY R. WEST
Political newcomer Courtenay Rogers said from the beginning she wanted to have a grassroots campaign in her race for the District 63 House seat.
And she has.
Raising $63,189 in the entire campaign, Rogers has less than 10 special interest groups donating to her efforts.
“This is absolutely a grassroots campaign – from retired teachers handing me $25 because they know I will fight for them to folks writing a $100 check at a meet and greet because they truly believe in what I have to say,” Rogers said. “I am honored to receive the support that I have from people I am willing to fight for once I’m elected.”
During the past third quarter, Rogers raised $15,785. The majority of her money came before the Aug. 4 primary. The state’s deadline for all candidates was Oct. 11.
From that period, she had five special interests groups and businesses contribute: the Franklin Firefighters, Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women, Tennessee State Council – SEIU, Thomas Jones & Associates, and the United Auto Workers Tennessee TN Program Council. Of her 36 donations, she had a total of 31 individual contributions.
“Fundraising is still a priority for this campaign,” she said. “As a single mother and an entrepreneur, finding the time balance everything it takes to run a campaign can be a challenge. But I am honored by the hundreds of people who have stepped up and contributed to my efforts.”
Looking at the entire campaign, Rogers received $4,425 in special interest money from eight different sources. Their donations ranged from $75 to $1,000. All of the money came from Tennessee.
Here’s where all of her special interest money came from:
Rogers will face incumbent Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) on the ballot Nov. 8.