Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore reported raising $12,430 in the first couple of weeks of September, giving her a two-to-one early campaign cash advantage over her opponent in the Orange County Commission race with Patricia Rumph.

Yet Rumph, who raised $5,130 in that period, has shown so far she does not need much money to compete in the election to represent Distict 2 in northeast Orange County on the county commission, as she ran fourth in campaign cash heading into the Aug. 28 preliminary election and wound up the leading vote-getter in that preliminary election.

Because of Moore’s strong early start heading into the fall election, the District 2 race is starting out with the most campaign money of three Orange County Commission contests on the Nov. 6 ballot.

That may change soon. In District 3, covering parts of south and central Orange County, both Pete Crotty and Mayra Uribe raised around $10,000 in early September to open the November campaign. Yet both have major fundraisers this week: Crotty’s Sunday evening, after the latest reports were filed last Friday, and Uribe on Tuesday.

In District 4 representing much of southeast Orange County, Susan Makowski, who raised more money than anyone heading into the Aug. 28 election, picked up just $4,650 in the first couple of weeks after that election, while her run-off opponent Maribel Gomez Cordero raised almost nothng.

Rumph raised only $35,000 heading into that first contest while Moore and two other candidates each raised more than $60,000. Yet when the votes were counted Rumph had 30 percent; Moore, 28 percent; Fred Brummer, 23 percent; and Mark Byrd, 18 percent.

As of the most recent campaign finance reports posted by the Orange County Supervisor of elections, Moore is heading into the fall with $27,221 in the bank, and Rumph with $13,764, for the District 2 contest.

In District 3, Crotty moves forward with $24,257 in cash according to the most recent reports, and Uribe with $17,949. Uriben topped the six-candidate Aug. 28 election with 28 percent, while Crotty finished second with 22 percent.

In District 4, Makowski has raised more than $128,510 overall, but spent most of that to get through the Aug. 28 election. She heads into the fall with $14,318 in the bank, while Gomez Cordero has $2,020. Makowski easily led the five-person Aug. 28 field with 35 percent, while Gomez Cordero drew 21 percent.

About The Author

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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