Democratic PAC makes last-minute TV buy in race for Harwell seat

The independent expenditure arm of the state House Democratic Caucus is making a last-minute television ad buy in support of Bob Freeman, the Nashville Democrat running to succeed retiring House Speaker Beth Harwell.

The Tennessee Tomorrow PAC is spending $77,325 on the ads to run between Saturday and Monday. The PAC’s largest funder is real estate mogul Bill Freeman, who has donated $200,000. The elder Freeman was an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in in Nashville in 2015 despite dropping $3.5 million of his own money into the race.

Bob Freeman faces Republican Brent Moody in the House District 56 race. Harwell was re-elected in 2016 despite the district voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election. The race to succeed Harwell is considered the Democrats’ best chance in their efforts to pick up seats on Tuesday.

The Tennessee Tomorrow PAC has raised $530,000 since the beginning of the third quarter. Besides Bill Freeman’s $200,000, other big donations include $50,000 from the Tennessee Education Association, $50,000 from Laroche Enterprises, and $20,000 each from Friends of Darren Jernigan, George Bright, Mike Stewart, and the U.S. Rep Jim Cooper’s PAC.

2 Responses to Democratic PAC makes last-minute TV buy in race for Harwell seat

  • Timothy Skow says:

    There sure are throwing a LOT of $$$$ behind a guy with NO record of accomplishing anything beyond being his father’s son

  • Christina Norris says:

    Bob Freeman serves as Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development with Forestar Group, Inc. He also co-founded Freeman Applegate Partners, a full-service consulting and construction firm, specializing in energy efficiency and sustainable building practices. Bob graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Construction Management and Land Development and went on to earn his master’s degree in Sustainability from Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice.
    Bob’s wife, Rachel, works at the Sexual Assault Center here in Nashville, currently serving as Executive Vice President and transitioning into the role of CEO. The Center provides healing support and advocacy they provide for children, adults, and families affected by sexual assault.
    Lifelong Tennesseans, Bob and his wife are raising their 3 children in the 56th District.

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