Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ campaign to become chairman of the Orange County School Board has begun with a $33,075 cash haul in her first two weeks of fundraising.
Jacobs, leaving the mayor’s office this year because of term limits after two terms, reported receiving 56 contributions including a total of $3,500 from hotel magnate Harris Rosen and his properties, and a $1,000 check from herself. She collected 24 maximum $1,000 donations from various Orange County individuals and businesses.
Jacobs’ fledgling campaign, formally launched on April 11, spent $2,337, so she entered May with $30,738
Her chief opponent, current School Board Member Nancy Robbinson, reported raising $14,150 in April, including a $10,000 loan to her campaign, and she now has brought $106,025 into her campaign fund. She finished April with $82,577 in the bank.
Orange Technical College administrator Matthew Fitzpatrick of Apopka raised $820 in April and came into May with $3,662 in cash. Teacher Robert Prater of Orlando raised $457 in April and entered May with $685 in his campaign.