Fundraising reports for Orange County Commission races have come in for the month of May and for the second consecutive month, campaign contributions have stalled. That could change heading into the summer with one sitting Commissioner filing for reelection and a former County Lawmaker announcing a campaign to return to Rosalind avenue.
The race for County Mayor remains stagnant. While there are at least six legitimate contenders reportedly weighing a possible run, no major fundraising has taken place since February with Robert Melanson sitting with about $2,000 in his account. Incumbent Mayor Teresa Jacobs is termed out.
In District 2, Patricia Rumph collected $315 and has about $5K on hand for her campaign. Former County Commissioner Fred Brummer announced his bid to return to the County Commission last week. He’s expected to jump out to a convincing lead early on. District 2 Incumbent Bryan Nelson (who succeeded Brummer) is running for Apopka Mayor.
In District 4, Nicolette Springer remains the money leader with about $15,000 raised for the campaign without about $7K on hand. Kevin Ballinger raised about $2100 and has about $4500 of it on hand.
District 6 incumbent Victoria Siplin was the first to file for the 2018 race last week and should have her fundraising efforts activated over the next few weeks.
While cash on hand doesn’t guarantee victory in Orange County races, it can deter other possible challengers from throwing their hats in the ring.