Former Orange County commissioner aide Susan Makowski raised $9,105 in December for her campaign to succeed her former boss to represent District 4 in what is turning into a crowded, highly-contested race.

Makowski’s campaign contributions for December, coming in 25 checks including five $1,000 checks, gives her $38,600 raised and about $37,000 in the bank to spend in her contest with four other candidates aiming to succeed Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.

Nicolette Springer of Orlando reported raising $3,649 in the month, bringing her total raised to about $29,000. She just over $14,000 in the bank at the end of December. Kevin Ballinger reported raising $900, bringing his income total to $11,340, and leaving him with about $5,600 to spend. Gina Perez-Calhoun of Orlando reported raising $200. She has raised $3,765 total, and had about $2,500 left after expenses. Maribel Gomez Cordero did not report any fundraising in December, and finished the month as she started it, with $2,520 total raised, and about $900 left.

In District 2, where five candidates are vying to succeed Commissioner Bryan Nelson, who is running for mayor in Apopka, Fred Brummer, Mark Byrd, and Christine Moore, all of Apopka, each posted modest gains, increasing their separation from the other candidates.

Moore, an Orange County School Board member, raised $3,275 in December, giving her $25,375 raised, and about $23,000 Ieft to spend at the end of the year. Brummer reported raising $2,600, bringing his total raised to $50,428. He finished December with about $43,000 in the bank. Byrd reported raising $1,000. So far he has raised $42,205 in the campaign, and had about $36,000 left. Patricia Rumph of Orlando reported raising $175. She has raised $9,275 to date, and finished the year with about $7,500 in the bank. Antuan Bibbs of Apopka did not report any campaign financial activity in December, and had $25.

In District 6, incumbent Commissioner Victoria Siplin reported raising $10,300, bringing her total raised to $29,903, with about $27,700 left at the end of the year. Siplin just got an opponent in the race when Robin Denise Harris entered in early December. Harris reported raising $2,116, and finished the month with about $1,800.

District 3 is technically a 2020 election, but it has filled fast with candidates because incumbent Pete Clarke is running for Orange County mayor. If he stays in that race, he’ll have to resign, opening the seat to a special election this year.

Former Belle Isle City Commissioner Bobby Lance lent his new campaign $25,000 and raised $5,000 in December, giving him $30,000 in the start of his campaign. Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District Chair Eric Rollings raised $2,460 in December, giving him a total raised of $19,069, and about $10,700 in the bank. Mayra Uribe raised $990 in December, giving her about $3,250 raised, and $3,228 in the bank. Gus Martinez did not report any campaign finance activity in December and has no money yet, while Pete Crotty and Nelson Betancourt entered the field only last week.

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