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John Gillespie, Republican candidate for Tennessee House District 97, today released his campaign finance report for the final months of 2019. Gillespie raised over $70,000 in his first campaign for public office.

“Raising money for a political campaign isn’t easy, especially for a first-time candidate. It’s humbling to have people believe in me enough to donate $70,000 to my campaign over nine months before the general election,” stated Gillespie. “I’m running for State Representative to improve schools, fight crime, and keep Tennessee on a fiscally conservative path. I believe my position on these issues and the fact that I’d serve in the legislative supermajority where I can be most effective for our community are key reasons why so many generous donors have stepped forward to support my campaign at this early stage,” remarked Gillespie.

Gillespie’s end of 2019 campaign finance report shows $70,195 raised and a balance of $60,866. The report is due to the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance on January 31.

A graduate of High Point University in North Carolina, Gillespie is a native Memphian. He serves as Grant Coordinator at Trezevant Episcopal Home where he writes and researches grants, plans events, and solicits major gifts. Gillespie began his career in banking and finance starting as a customer service representative at a local bank before working his way up to the mortgage division at another Memphis financial institution.

House District 97 includes parts of Bartlett, Cordova, and East Memphis. Representative Jim Coley is retiring from the HD 97 seat at the end of this term. More information about Gillespie can be found on his campaign Facebook page at