Incumbent Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin continues to pack a war chest for re-election in District 6 against an underfunded opponent, while contestants in three other district elections leveled off a bit in fundraising in May.
Siplin reported raising $9,475 in May, the most of any of the 18 candidates running in four Orange County Commission district races this year. Her month brought her total raised to $79,340 and left her with about $50,000 of that in the bank.
Her only opponent, activist Robin Denise Harris, brought in just $445 in May, has raised $4,640 overall, and had only about $1,300 left at the start of June.
Otherwise the Orange County Commission races showed no one with a big fundraising month. Another ten candidates raised at least $1,000 in May but no one besides Siplin raised as much as $8,000 during the month, the first in a while when no Orange County commission wannabes reached five-figures in contributions.
All of the races are non-partisan, on the August 28 ballot. In any election that no one gets more than 50 percent of the votes, the top two will advance to a November 6 showdown.
In District 4, Susan Makowski of Orlando continues to have the biggest haul and pile of cash overall, as she brought in $7,230 in May and now has raised $98,120. Makowski, the former aide to outgoing incumbent Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, entered June with about $87,000 left to spend.
Her only close competitor in the money chase in District 4 is Nicolette Springer of Orlando, who added $3,679 to her campaign fund in May. She now has raised $68,825, and went into June with about $50,000 of that left.
Kevin Ballinger of Orlando raised $2,100 in May and now has raised $15,655. He entered June with about $7,200 left. Gina Perez-Calhoun raised $700 in May, has raised $9,284 overall, and had about half of that left. Maribel Cordero reported picking up $491 in May. She has raised $5,466, and had about $3,100 left at the end of the month.
In District 2, former Orange County Commissioner and former state Rep. Fred Brummer of Apopka raised $4,750 in May, bringing his total raised to $77,778. He entered June with about $68,000 left to spend. Mark Byrd of Apopka had a bigger May, collecting $5,282 in checks, and has now raised $57,703. He entered June with almost $42,000 in the bank. Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore raised $3,075 in May. She’s now raised $58,665, and entered June with about $41,000 left to spend. Patricia Rumph brought in $1,430. She’s now collected $26,800 in campaign money, and entered June with about $23,500 left. Antuan Bibbs of Apopka continues to not raise or spend money.
In District 3, former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance, Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Chair Eric Rollings, Pete Crotty, and Mayra Uribe had similar hauls in May, while retired Orlando Police Officer Bill Moore and new candidate Randy Whiting raised $200 between them.
Lance brought in $7,031, and now has raised $72,696. He also spent a lot in May, $17,120, so he entered June with about $48,000 left in his account. Rollings also has been a big spender. He raised $5,501 last month, bringing his total raised to $44,381, but he came into June with just $14,000 left. Crotty brought in $5,000 in May. He now has raised $24,847, and he entered June with more than $20,000 of that left. Uribe collected $3,170 in May, bringing her total raised to $24,795. She also entered June with about $20,000 left.