Orlando Police Chief John Mina continued to pull away in the money chase in May for the election to Orange County sheriff.

Mina raised $26,850 for his campaign in May as campaign money dried up in May for his chief opponent, retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief Jose “Joe” Lopez, who brought in just $1,760 during the month.

That pushed Mina’s total raised over $100,000, to $113,021, and his campaign ended May with $87,658 in the bank. His May donations included 13 maximum contributions of $1,000, including three from various Walt Disney Co. surrogates and two from  personal-injury lawyer Dan Newlin and his law firm.

Lopez hasn’t been spending much of his campaign money, so he still managed to come out of May with $41,224 left, out of $50,445 raised to date. Lopez had started strong and had basically kept up with Mina during the first two months both were campaigning, but has fallen off and significantly behind Mina in the money chase this spring.

Two minor candidates entered the field in May. Darryl Sheppard reported starting his campaign with $3,240, and Eric McIntyre with $100, and in both cases the candidates put almost all of that money in themselves.

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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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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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