Rob Panepinto adds $60K to his Orange County mayoral run accounts – Florida Politics

Rob Panepinto adds $60K to his Orange County mayoral run accounts

Orange County mayoral candidate Rob Panepinto brought in more than $60,000 in February for the two funds supporting his campaign this year.

Panepinto, a Winter Park businessman, reported raising $38,300 for his official election campaign and $22,500 for his independent political committee, Vision Orange County, according to data posted on public sites.

He now has raised $284,100 in his campaign fund, and had about $230,000 left in the bank at the end of February, according to post on the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website. Vision Orange County now has raised $116,649, and finished the month with just over $50,000 left, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

His two chief opponents in the race, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, had their February campaign reports posted earlier. Demings’ campaign and political committee combined for just under $500,000 cash at the end of the month. Clarke filled his account with a $200,000 loan last month and finished February with over $250,000 in cash.

The trio seeks to succeed Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who is leaving office due to term limits.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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