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Jerry Demings raises $109K in Orange County mayor’s race

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings reported raising more than $109,000 in November in his quest to get elected next year as Orange County mayor.

Demings’ November campaign finance reports are only for his official campaign fund. He also has an independent political committee, United For Orange County, which has not yet reported its November activity.

The November haul in his campaign fund brings its total to $305,603 in contributions. With expenses, Demings’ campaign had $277,130 left on Dec. 1.

Another candidate, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke of Orlando reported raising $9,900 in November, bringing his total contributions to $19,200 since he entered the race in early October. Clarke had $18,400 in the bank on Dec. 1.

Businessman Rob Panepinto of Winter Park reported his campaign totals earlier this week. He raised $34,100 for his official campaign fund and another $15,000 into his political committee, Vision Orange County. With the money he raised in October, including a $100,000 loan he made to his campaign, Panepinto now has $204,530 in his campaign and $84,530 in Vision Orange County.

November reports still have not been posted for the fourth major candidate, Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette. He finished October with $52,000 in the bank.

Demings’ November haul was by far his largest, nearly three times greater than his previous best month. He received 210 individual checks, with 70 of them coming in for the maximum $1,000 donation. Ten of those maximum checks came from various companies and individuals associated with Full Sail University.

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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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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 scott@floridapolitics.com.

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