Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings raised more than $70,000 in September, more than doubling his campaign fund for the Orange County mayor election, and stepping ahead of three major new candidates who’ve entered the race in October.

Demings, who entered the race in July, now has raised $135,000, and entered October with more than $123,000 in the bank, according to campaign finance reports reported on Tuesday and just posted by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.

His major opponents, Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce President Rob Panepinto, have yet to report any money raised. Robert Melanson opened his campaign account last December with a $2,250 loan, while Jose Colom has not reported any money since entering the race in May.

The $70,911 Demings raised in September included 54 maximum-contribution $1,000 checks, most of which were collected at a Sept. 20 fundraiser. All together, he collected 111 checks in September.

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