After taking it easy in October, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs banked $122,325 dollars for the month of November, the period where donors tend to pump the brakes for political donations in preparation for the holidays.
This brings Jacobs’ total haul to $455k, with about 410k on hand for the campaign. It’s possible that number could reach half a million, by the time we reach the 6 month mark prior to the election.
Her long list of donors includes a “Who’s who”, of Orange County business such as the Orlando Magic, CNL, and Mears transportation. The “usual suspects” consisting of developers and lobbyists were also present on the fundraising report.
With new voting regulations, the donation limit was also raised from $500 to $1000 dollars. This allows supporters to give even more to the political candidates.
The questions that stem from this haul, are the same we’ve had since the Mayor kicked-off her re-election bid. Who’s going to challenge her? The only formidable possible opponent at this point is former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, who’s said that she’s still looking at all of her options, but will make a decision in the coming weeks. She’s recently been considered as a possible running mate for Charlie Crist, in his quest to take back the Governor’s mansion next year. There is also the chance that she could challenge Daniel Webster in congressional district 10, in what would be a rematch of 2012.
Regardless of who challenges the Mayor, they’ll be down almost half a million dollars when they began. It’s possible that number, along with Jacobs’ bi-partisan support, and strong business backing could scare away opposition altogether.
We’ll have full coverage of this race moving forward.