These are my professional notes on the 2014 Orange Count Commission District 6 race. Dated from most recent working back.
12-4-13: Joshua Palladino announced that he has withdraw from the race. He posted this on FB thanking supporters.
12-3-13: Virginia Whittington sent out an invitation to a holiday reception on Dec 9th and asked everyone to bring unwrapped gift for the children of D6
11-29-13: Derrick Wallace is holding a Fish Fry Fundraiser, Saturday December 7th at his campaign headquarters.
11-16-13: Virginia Whittington and about 3 other supporters did volunteer work at the 4th Annual “Help for the Homeless” Thanksgiving Dinner at Mt. Zion MBC, Orlando. She posted a couple pics on FB.
11-12-13: Victoria Siplin filed a waiver for October.
11-11-13: Wallace raised $3,732 for the month. The bizarre part is the bundling of extremely small donations. $2.50 to be exact. You’ve got the same donor making 7 or 8 donations of $2.50. This could be done to raise the profile of a campaign as “one of the people” by ballooning small donations and that’s not unheard of but for an amount this small, it’s weird. I guess every cent really does matter. 165 donations. 6 donations of $500, 153 small donations of $100 or less, 152 of those were for multiple donations of $2.50 from a group of about 56 donors. The big story is still that self loan of 100k from the last quarter. He’s raised about 136k with approximately 109k on hand and is still by far the money leader.
11-8-13: Roberta Walton posted 6,875 in donations for the month. The big name sticking out was Mega Donor Harris Rosen and his Orgs. He’s responsible for 2,500 of that. That’s a good friend to have. No other marquis names: 28 donations. 8 Donations of $500, 13 smaller donations of $100 or less. Only bid expenditure was on the new website which I have to checkout. She’s raised 36,620 for the campaign with just over 32k on hand.
11-6-13: ISSUES ALERT: Yesterday, the County Commission voted 6-1 against building a High School in West Orange County (specifically Windermere) with Incumbent Moore-Russell voting “No” with the majority. Candidates need to have a Agree/Disagree opinion on this and need to believe how this kind of scenario would workout in D6.
11-5-13: Saw Virginia Whittington participating on the Businessforce Political panel with a couple of elected officials and D2 Caniddates Greg Jackson.
10-30-13: Whittington sent out another call for campaign donations today via email.
10-26-13: Walton attended an Autism Awareness Fundraiser and posted photos on Social Media
10-25-13: Noticed Derrick Wallace was taking the “Orange Experience” 11 Week Program. This should give him some extra “meat” behind the answers to questions he might hear on the campaign trail.
10-25-13: Whittington sent out a fundraising call through her email list today. She’s had some success raising money but will need much more to keep up with Wallace and Walton.
10-23-13: The venues package passed with Incumbent Moore-Russell voting “Yes” as expected but Activists against the package invoked the residents of Paramore as being against the project. Now granted those Vocal Opponents of the project have a long history of vocally slamming these type of deals but the candidates have to be “In touch” and if there are any voters opposed to the project, find out why, and what can be done to win them over.
10-22-13: Reports from Social Media had Roberta Walton and Virginia Whittington attending the NAACP meeting last night in Paramore regarding the new Soccer Stadium vote that the commission will be holding today. This intel is important because the venue will be constructed under on the next D6 Commissioners watch inside of the District.
10-20-13: Big Venues Vote on Tuesday. Incumbent Moore-Russell is a likely “Yes” vote on the 94.5 million dollar plan that includes a new Soccer Stadium in D6. Every candidate will have to have an intelligent opinion on this, especially since two of the projects (Citrus Bowl) are in the Paramore area.
10-16-13: Did a write-up for D6 Fundraising yesterday (you can read that HERE) The eye openers were that previously mentioned self loan by Wallace and the fast start by Walton.
10-14-13: Victoria Siplin and Joshua Palladino have filed waivers for this fundraising period. Analysis of the other candidates to come.
10-9-13: Homer Hartage has stood up a website. You can view it HERE. It will be added to the directory.
10-3-13: Derrick Wallace promoting his next fundraiser on FB a Bonita Sunrise, intimate fundraiser and a raffle for a Luau Dinner. The flyer for the fundraiser is below.
10-3-13: Derrick Wallace’s fundraising numbers from the previous quarter posted today. It’s anchored by a 100k self loan. About 172 donations from individuals, and the majority of those are 5 dollars and below. Now, this is interesting because even though he’s basically self financing the campaign, he can say that the majority of his donations were from individuals and averaged about 5 dollars and that would be accurate. Regardless, he’s a legit with that kind of money.
10-1-13: Virginia Whittington released her October Newsletter which she promoted Breast Cancer Awareness, declared she’d reached her fundraising goals (no amount given), and a photo from her last fundraiser.
9-30-13: Derrick Wallace thanked supporters and made a last call for fundraising before the quarter ends.
9-30-13: Roberta Walton took to Social Media for her fundraising pitch before the quarter ends.
“I entered the race on August 16, 2013, with a great campaign team on my side, the endorsement of the current County Commissioner and the knowledge of this community’s needs and interests working in my favor.” “I need TIME, MONEY, and VOTES. To end my first campaign finance reporting period successfully,”
9-30-13: Whittington sent out a 3rd email blast in 72 hrs. A little less perfectly normal.
9-29-13: Whittington sent out a 2nd email blast today asking for final donations before the quarter ends.
9-28-13: Whittington sends out email blast asking for donations before the fundraising quarter ends next week. Perfectly normal.
9-24-13: Roberta Walton announced another Campaign Kick-Off for this week. This will be a less formal affair than the first one at the downtown hotel. This will probably be her last attempt to fundraise before the end of the quarter. We’ll see what kind of amount she comes up with and how many of her predecessor’s donors passed on their financial support to her.
9-22-13: Walton’s Website is up and has been added to the Elections Tracker Robertwalton.com
9-22-13: Virginia Whittington held a “Women for Whittington” fundraiser that looked successful. She posted photos on FB and photos had about 50 people attending at the supporter specific event.
9-18-13: Joshua Palladino announced on his FB page today, that he turned down an interview the Home Builder Association and their PAC. These kind of organizations are some of the biggest contributors in these contests. Palladino could be trying to create an avenue of attack for accepting developer and PAC money which was a tactic used by some candidates in 2010.
9-14-13: Orange County SOE Website indicates Derrick Wallace has qualified by petition. The first to do so in this race. Excellent effort to accomplish that feat this early. This will free him up to fundraise and slowly build up campaign operations.
9-11-13: Roberta Walton thanked everyone for a successful fundraiser on social media today. No photos from the event but I want to see what kind of haul she’ll bring in on the fundraising reports next quarter. It might establish her as an early favorite.
9-2-13: Received VW’s first Campaign Newsletter today. It begins with a Labor Day Message “Today, we pause to celebrate the achievements of the American Work Force. Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day!” She also shares some info from her recent listening session with D6 Voters. “I plan to take the people’s desires into office with me” she adds “I want you to hold me accountable for what you’ve told me you wanted” She wraps up the newsletter sharing an experience from a visit to her old neighborhood building where conditions have deteriorated. She closes with “I will work to stop this type of decline in our Neighborhoods”.
8-30-13: Added to VW’s Email Distro list.
8-28-13: Today, the findings of the “textgate” investigation were released. Mayor Jacobs as well as Commissioners Boyd, Brummer, and Thompson were found to have broken the law when they deleted text messages during the County Sick Time Debate, even though the investigation revealed no evidence of nefarious behavior. They will all pay a 500 fine.
Luckily for RW, Tiffany Moore-Russell was the lone Commissioner not implicated in this mess. Expect all of the candidates to double down on the need for more transparency at the county commission.
8-27-13: RW announced a September Fundraiser to be held at the Orlando Sheraton. This is where we’ll see what kind of donors turn out for the Moore-Russell aide. It could be a tell tale night over the direction the race is headed. Good campaign finance research for sure. It’s also a pretty fancy venue for a fundraiser. Here is my write-up.
8-17-13: RW kicked off her campaign today and posted a couple of pics on FB. The most telling one being a photo of her, Her Boss/County Commish/COC Candidate Tiffany-Moore Russsel and State Senator Geraldine Thompson. Interesting fact Thompson beat VS in their State Senate Contest last year. We’ll see if this healthy show of support can translate to strong fundraising and early momentum for RW
8-13-13= Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell aide Roberta Walton jumped into the race today. I did a full write-up (HERE) and the Orlando Sentinel broke the story (HERE)
8-10-13- Decided to do a little campaign finance research. JP has only raised a couple hundred dollars but it’s early. Hartage and Siplin don’t have any reports submitted. DW has a healthy Fundraising Start with a lot of $500 maximum contributions. VW has also done well early on with a lot of her donations coming from individuals and for amounts under 100 dollars, a talking point that appeals to a lot of middle class voters.
7-31-13- JP posts FB Post- We have enough contaminated groundwater sites in District 6 and we don’t need any more. We don’t need anymore illegal tire dumps and we surely don’t need another Walmart in our community. Our elected officials should stand with small business and local businesses and work with them to restore our once prosperous middle class.
7-31-13- VW posts flyer on campaign FB page about Back to School event this Saturday
7-28-13- Note Opened:
Introduction: The race to replace termed out Tiffany Moore-Russell in District 6 includes, some familiar names and some new ones. There is former Commissioner Homer Hartage, Victoria Siplin who the wife of former State Senator Gary Siplin. Siplin lost a Democratic Primary in the 2012 State Senate Race to Geraldine Thompson. As well as Activist Joshua Nathan Paladino, Business owner Derrick Donnell Wallace,and Metro Plan Director Virginia Lewis Whittington.
District 6 races tend to run under the radar as far as the media goes. Expect the majority of campaign donations to go towards mailers, sign presence, and door to door efforts.
Candidates Websites (if available:
Derrick Donnell Wallace
Virginia Lewis Whittington