Nicolette Springer bolstered her Orange County Commission campaign in Febtruary with a $15,000 loan, pushing her campaign’s total raised over $50,000 in her bid to win the open seat for District 4.
Springer, of Orlando, also raised $4,738 in contributions in February, bringing her monthly haul to $19,738, and her total raised for the contest to $53,313. With the $3,321 her campaign spent in February, she entered March with about $36,951 in the bank.
She and four other candidates are seeking to succeed outgoing Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.
Thompson’s former aide, Susan Makowski of Orlando, continues to lead in the money race for D4, having raised $6,920 in contributions during February, bringing her campaign’s total income to $53,605, and allowing her to finish the month with $47,395 in the bank.
Three other candidates in District 4 are falling off from those two in resources. Kevin Ballinger entered March with $4,349 in his campaign. Gina Perez-Calhoun of Winter Park entered March with $3,962 in her campaign account. Maribel Gomez Cordero of Orlando finished February with $1,198 left.
That is one of four seats on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners being contested this year, along with the mayor’s seat.
Among five candidates for the District 2 seat being vacated by Bryan Nelson, who’s on the ballot for the Apopka mayor’s seat today, Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore of Apopka posted the biggest February, though former Commissioner Fred Brummer of Apopka and grower Mark Byrd of Apopka continue to lead the overall money chase.
Moore raised $6,180 and lent another $3,000 to her campaign in February. That brought her campaign total to $46,500 raised, with $37,549 left in the bank at the end of the month. Brummer raised $4,450 in February, bringing his campaign’s total income to $62,828, and leaving it with $54,741. Byrd raised $2,300, brought his total raised to $46,661, and finished the month with $38,779 left. Patricia Rumph of Orlando raised $3,815, giving her campaign a total raised of $14,095, with $12,014 left. Antuan Bibbs or Apopka has not raised any campaign money.
In District 3, a quickly crowded field emerged last fall after incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke entered the Orange County mayor’s contest. Orange County Soil And Water Conservation District Chairman Eric Rollins had the best February, bringing in $5,899 in cash contributions. He now has raised $27,222 and finished February with $10,420 left in his campaign account. Former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance continues to lead the D3 money chase, raising $4,660 and finishing February with $40,100. Mayra Uribe finished February with $15,656. Pete Crotty finished February with $11,602. Bill Moore finished the month with $1,811. Gus Martinez has not raised any money.
In District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin is the only incumbent running for re-election for any of the commission seats. She raised $5,050 in February, giving her campaign a total raised of $50,215, and $47,213 in the bank at the start of March. Robin Denise Harris reported raising $505 in February. She entered March with $1,838.