Money is now pouring in to five of the six candidates’ campaigns for open Orange County Commission seats, with District 3 candidate Mayra Uribe swamping everyone in the latest reports by pulling in more than $33,000 in the last two weeks of September.
Uribe, whose campaign held a couple of high-profile fundraisers featuring the likes of former Orange County Chair Linda Chapin and Orange County Mayor-elect and Sheriff Jerry Demings as hosts, more than tripled her pervious-best haul during a campaign finance reporting period with $33,110, according to the latest reports posted by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Uribe and Pete Crotty are trying to win the seat opening for District 3, covering south-central Orange County, because incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke ran for mayor and had to resign, effective December. They two finished first and second, respectively, in a five-candidate election on Aug. 28 and now face each other in a Nov. 6 runoff to fill the last two years of Clarke’s term.
Crotty raised $16,550 in the last two weeks of September, also his biggest single haul for any reporting period.
They weren’t alone in ramping up. Three other Orange County Commission candidates also raised more than $13,000 apiece during the period, including $24,375 that Susan Makowski raised for her bid to be elected to a four-year term in District 4, covering southeast Orange County. Her opponent, Maribel Gomez Cordero, raised almost no money, and has almost no money in her campaign coffers.
In the District 2 race to represent northwest Orange County, Christine Moore picked up $15,070, while Patricia Rumph had her best period ever, receiving $13,560 in campaign contributions.
Uribe’s 77 donations included quite a few from big-name political contributors such as hotel magnate Harris Rosen and several of his properties, three companies associated with the Walt Disney Co., and downtown developer Craig Ustler. That brings her total raised to $98,155, and gives her about $46,000 in the bank.
Crotty’s haul, meanwhile came in 54 donations, and he partly countered Uribe’s tourism backers with his own, timeshares magnate David Siegel and the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, as well as from Clarke.
Uribe finished first and Crotty second in the six-candidate Aug. 28 election, leading them to a Nov, 6 runoff.
Makowski, who easily led a five-candidate pack in the Aug. 28 election but failed to top 50 percent of the vote, has now raised $152,885, and she has about $36,000 left for her general election campaign. Gomez Cordero has raised only $11,858 to date, and entered October with less than $1,000 in the bank.
District 2 may be where the toughest contest exists. Rumph surprised many when she finished first in the four-way Aug. 28 election even though she was a distant fourth in fundraising entering that election. The $13,560 she raised in late September brings her total to $54,870 raised, with about $26,000 left to spend. Moore, who finished second on Aug. 28, has now raised $94,005, and has about $34,000 in the bank.