State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, raised $110,000 at a luncheon at Cherokee Country Club where Gov. Bill Haslam was the featured speaker, bringing his campaign account to more than $215,000 to seek re-election in 2016, reports Georgiana Vines.
The $1,000-per-person event on July 30 attracted about 180 people from Blount and Sevier counties, which Overbey represents, and from Knox County, where he is senior partner in the Robertson Overbey law firm.
“We were very fortunate (to raise the money). The governor was a big reason for that. He agreed to be our special guest,” Overbey said.
Among those attending were former Gov. Don Sundquist and his wife, Martha, who live in Blount County; state Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade; Court of Appeals Judge Michael Swiney; Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Norma McGee Ogle; Sen. Becky Massey, R-Knoxville; and former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador Victor Ashe.
Overbey’s latest financial disclosure account filed on July 13 shows he has a $1,000 loan.
“That’s from my first House race. I loaned myself $1,000 to open a bank account. I’ve never demanded that I repay it,” he said.
Overbey served four terms in the House beginning in 2000 and is in his second four-year term in the Senate. He said he isn’t aware of anyone “nosing around” to run against him.