Mike McLean announced his next move in the heated three-way race for the open Seminole County Clerk’s office over the weekend, saying he will host nearly a dozen dignitaries at a fundraiser in Altamonte Springs set for April 1.

McLean, a Republican, is seeking to replace outgoing Seminole Clerk Maryane Morse who announced last year she will step down from the post after 25 years in the constitutional office, based in the county seat of Sanford.

Headlining the list of major Seminole politicos serving on McLean’s host committee are three local mayors — Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere, Casselbury Mayor Charlene Glancy, and Longwood Mayor Mike Durso.

A handful retired judges will also be on hand to support McLean’s bid for clerk, as will commissioners from Longwood, Oviedo, and Altamonte Springs, plus former Lake Mary Mayor Dick Fess.

McLean faces opposition for the strongly Republican-leaning seat in Seminole County Sheriff’s Captain Sammy Gibson as well as Grant Maloy, who like McLean is a former Seminole County Commissioner.

McLean has so far led in fundraising, putting up some $61,000 during his first month alone back in September.

The breakfast event will be held at the Maison & Jardin restaurant on Wymore Rd. in Altamonte Springs.

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