District 4 candidate Kevin Ballinger and District 2 candidate Fred Brummer posted the strongest fundraising months in their races in September in campaigns for the Orange County Commission, though neither leads overall in their respective money race contests.
Brummer, a former Orange County commissioner and former Florida state Representative, raised $7,449 in September, giving him a total of $14,499 raised for the crowded District 2 race, according to new data posted by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Ballinger, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who heads the Orange County Public Schools facilities department, raised just $600 in September, but that was more than anyone else in the four-person race. He has raised $9,255 overall in his campaign.
Brummer’s chief competitors in the District 2 contest to represent western Orange County, are grower Mark Allen Byrd, who raised $6,500 in September and has far more than Brummer overall, with $38,225 raised total. Also in the race is Brummer’s former campaign manager, Christine Moore, who entered the field in early October and has not yet reported any campaign finances. Patricia Rumph reported raising no money in September, but has raised $7,080 overall. Antuan Bibbs raised $100, giving him $125 overall.
In the District 4 race, to represent southeast Orange County, Nicolette Springer, a professor and social scientist, continues to lead the money contest, though she raised just $342 in September. Overall she has raised $19,114. Also in that field, Gina Perez-Calhoun reported $200 in donations in September, giving her $1,715 to date, and Maribel Gomez Cordero got $55 in September, adding to her total of $2,520 in contributions.