Orange County Commission District 4 candidate Susan Makowski opened her fundraising effort in November with more than $29,000 in contributions, almost raising as much money during the month as all other commissioner candidates combined among four different races.

With the one-month effort, Makowski, former legislative aide to current District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, set herself into a two-woman money race in what is a field of five candidates vying for the district seat representing southeast Orange County, heading toward the 2018 election.

Makowski, of Orlando, received 16 maximum-contribution $1,000 checks, including one from Thompson, among the 105 donations she got in November, according to campaign finance reports posted by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.

That puts her total contributions of $29,495 just ahead of Nicolette Springer of Orlando, whose November haul of $3,357 brought her campaign contributions total to $25,357. Springer also has spent nearly $14,000 on her campaign so far, leaving her with $11,663 in the bank, while Makowski reported spending just $676, leaving her with $28,819 on Dec. 1.

Also in the race, Kevin Ballinger of Orlando raised about $1,000, bringing his contributions total to $10,440, with about $5,000 cash in hand. Gina Perez-Calhoun of Winter Park also raised $1,000, bringing her total to $3,565, with about $2,400 in the bank. Maribel Gomez Cordero did not report raising any money in November, yet had raised $2,520 before that, and entered December with about $900 in cash.

Previously, the big money race was in District 2, where four candidates are trying to succeed Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, who is running for the office of Apopka mayor, rather than to continue in the county commission representing northwest Orange County.

School Board Member Christine Moore of Apopka had the big month in November, raising $13,025, bringing her two-month campaign’s contributions total to $22,100. Moore brought in a half-dozen $1,000 checks and entered December with $20,600 in the bank.

Former Orange County Commissioner and former state Rep. Fred Brummer of Apopka continues to lead that four-person field’s overall money chase. He raised $4,650 in November, bringing his campaign total to $47,828 in contributions. Brummer finished November with about $40,800 in the bank. Mark Byrd of Apopka raised $1,100, increasing his campaign contributions total to $41,205. He entered December with about $36,000 in the bank. Patricia Rumph raised $1,075 in November. She has brought in a total of $9,100, and finished the month with about $7,400.

In the Orange County Commission District, to replace Commissioner Pete Clarke in representing south-central Orange County, Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Eric Rollings is beginning to pull away from a quickly-expanding field. The race technically is for the 2020 election, but with Clarke running for Orange County mayor and expected to resign his seat, candidates are running in anticipation of a 2018 special election.

Rollings, of Orlando, reported raising $4,576 in November. That gives him $16,609 raised, and about $12,500 in the bank. Retired Orlando police officer Bill Moore reported raising $2,100, giving him $2,634 in total contributions, with about $2,200 left in the bank. Mayra Uribe reported raising $1,250, giving her $2,260 in total contributions, and $2,250 in the bank.

Former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance just entered the race two weeks ago and has not reported. And Pete Crotty confirmed Tuesday he also intends to enter the race.

In Orange County Commission District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin of Orlando just picked up an opponent three weeks ago to represent east-central Orange County. Siplin raised $5,565 in November. That brought her fundraising total to $18,865, and left her with about $18,000 at the start of December. Robin Denise Harris of Orlando raised $1,540 in November, finishing with about $1,340 in the bank.

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