Alexander sets $3M target from state fundraising events

Local finance co-chairs include an Ingram, Waller partner

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s re-election campaign today announced four Tennessee events that state finance chairman Steve Smith predicted will raise more than $3 million.

The first finance event will be held in Chattanooga in April at the home of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Later that month, Alexander will hold an event in Nashville that will be “A Salute to Ted Welch,” the former Republican National Finance Committee chairman who will serve as Alexander’s Honorary Finance Chairman.

Other events are scheduled for May in Knoxville and Memphis.

“As governor and as senator, Lamar Alexander has been standing up for Tennessee and we are ready to stand up for him,” Smith said. “The $3 million we expect to raise when added to our $1 million on hand will give the senator $4 million to start his campaign. We then will raise whatever we need to raise to make sure Lamar is able to communicate his message and continue to represent Tennesseans.”

Smith and Knoxville businessman Jim Haslam have recruited 10 people to join “The Welch Team” and raise $100,000 each in support of the campaign. In a recent letter, Alexander said the campaign is recruiting 25 others who will each agree to raise $50,000.

In addition to Haslam and Smith, the other co-chairs of Alexander’s statewide finance committee are:

• Darrell Akins, chairman of AkinsCrisp Public Strategies
• Jeb Beasley, managing director of federal partnership relations at Corrections Corp. of America
• Randy Boyd, chairman and CEO of Radio Systems Corp. in Knoxville
• Lew Conner, a member at Waller
• Joe Davenport, a principal at Pointer Management in Chattanooga
• John Gregory, former King Pharmaceuticals CEO
• James Gregory, the son of John Gregory who helps run the family investment vehicle, SJ Strategic Investments
• Pitt Hyde, founder of AutoZone
• Orrin Ingram, president and CEO of Ingram Industries
• Jerry Mansfield, executive director of the South Central Tennessee Development District
• Bill Rhodes, president and CEO of AutoZone
• Susan Simons, a veteran Nashville investor and nonprofit board member
• Fred Smith, founder of FedEx
• Steve West, former mayor of Maryville
• Susan Williams, veteran PR pro and former Tennessee GOP chairman