Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs had another $30,000 fundraising month in May in her campaign to be elected to the county-wide position of Orange County school board chair.

Jacobs’ May campaign fundraising total, reported Monday to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, was $36,225. Together with the $33,000 she raised in her first month of campaigning, minus expenses, she entered June with $62,137 left in the bank.

While those monthly reports were tops in the field, Jacobs still trails School Board Member Nancy Robbinson in the money race for the chair’s job. Robbinson, who began her campaign in late November, came into June having raised a total of $122,525, and had $95,564 heading into June. In May she raised $16,500.

Two other candidates, education administrator Matt Fitzpatrick and teacher Robert Prater, had much more modest hauls in May, toward four-figure totals of dollars for their campaign accounts.

Fitzpatrick, however, actually had more individual contributions than either Jacobs or Robbinson in May. He picked up 68 checks in May, but most were for small amounts, well under $100 each. Jacobs, in contrast, had 26 maximum $1,000 contributions among her 67 donations in May. Those included five checks from various Walt Disney Co. units, one from a Universal Orlando company, and one from the company developing the Brightline passenger train service between South Florida and Orlando.

Robinson had seven $1,000 checks among the 55 she collected in May, with a notable donation from the Fund for Children in Public Education, a political action committee set up by the teachers’ union the National Education Association.

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