Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings campaign for the office of mayor of Orange County reported bringing in $62,000 in the month of October, giving him $196,000 in campaign contributions so far.
That amount puts him behind in the money race, chasing Winter Park businessman Rob Panepinto, whose campaign reported he has raised nearly $239,000 combined in his official campaign fund and his independent political committee, Vision Orange County combined. Panepinto entered the race just a month ago. His contributions total included a $100,000 check he wrote to himself.
Demings’ October haul was his third consecutive $50,000-plus month. The October contributions included receipt of 45 maximum-donation $1,000 checks, plus $2,000 in in-kind food and beverages from Walt Disney World subsidiaries. The big checks included five from other Disney companies, plus more than 30 other developers, attorneys, law firms and other businesses. He also received one labor union check, $1,000 from the Laborers Local Union 517.
Demings, a Democrat running in a non-partisan race for a non-partisan office, also attracted several big checks from Republicans. Former state Rep. Chris Dorworth and his wife Rebekah Dorworth each contributed $1,000, as did former Florida Speaker of the House Dean Cannon.
His campaign has spent about $19,000 to date.
In addition to Demings and Panepinto, the race involves Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette and Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke. Neither of their October campaign finance reports has been posted yet on the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website. Nor has Panepinto’s. They all entered the race in late September or early October, so none of them has filed any reports previously.