Orlando Police Chief John Mina raised more than $44,000 in March for his campaign to be elected Orange County Sheriff.

The haul, which included 18 maximum $1,000 checks from donors, brings his two-month campaign contributions total to $64,362 and left him with about $53,000 in the bank at the start of April.

His opponent, retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief Jose “Joe” Lopez, reported raising $20,000 in March, giving him a total of $40,263 raised and about $36,800 left, also through a two-month campaign.

The two are battling for a seat that will open this year because current Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is running for Orange County mayor and will have to schedule his late-year resignation from the sheriff’s job to qualify for the ballot in the mayor’s race.

Mina’s contributions include donations from several big names in the Central Florida tourism and hospitality industry, most notably Harris Rosen. Rosen wrote him a $500 personal check, and three of his hotels also wrote $500 checks.

Lopez’s March contributions included a $2,800 he donated to his campaign, and 11 $1,000 checks from other donors.

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