Orlando Police Chief John Mina raised $22,059 in April in his quest to be elected sheriff of Orange County, while his main opponent Joe Lopez reported bringing in $10,310, according to reports filed Thursday.
Mina’s April haul brings his total raised to $86,421 in four months of campaigning, and left him with just over $66,000 left in the bank at the start of May. The new money came in 61 checks, including 10 for the maximum $1,000, with one coming from NBC Universal Media, one from the Orlando Magic, one from the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, and two from the Shoot Straight gun range.
Lopez, the retired chief from the Florida Highway Patrol, provided nearly half of his April campaign revenue with a personal $5,000 check, with the rest coming from individuals, including a Hialeah man who contributed the maximum $1,000. With that, his four-month campaign has brought in $47,686, and entered May with about $38,500 left.
Two other candidates filed for the race in the past week, Democrats Eric L. McIntyre and Darryl Sheppard, both of Orlando. Neither has filed any campaign finance reports. Lopez also is a Democrat, now facing a potential primary. Mina, a registered Democrat, is running as an independent in the partisan sheriff’s race.