With just eight days before the 2022 Primary/Election Day, most candidates are either going on a spending spree to win their primaries or keeping their fundraising powder dry in anticipation of the General Election in November.
In the Florida House District 39 election, three Republican candidates - Doug Bankson, Charles Hart, and Randy Ross- compete to take on Tiffany Hughes, who is running unopposed as a Democrat. The winner between the three Republicans faces Hughes in the November 8th general election. There is no incumbent in this newly formed district - which includes all of Apopka.
In the Orange County Commission District 2 race, incumbent Commissioner Christine Moore is taking on challengers Chris Delgado and Sandra Fatmi-Hall; the August 23rd primary will narrow the field down to the top two candidates unless one gets over 50% of the vote. A runoff election would be held on November 8th.
In the Apopka City Commission seat 3 special election, former Commissioner Kyle Becker is taking on political newcomer Lynetta Johnson. The winner of the August 23rd election will be the Seat #3 commissioner and sworn-in after the November 8th election concludes.
In the race for 39, Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson raised $11,160 to increase his total to $83,801.22.
Not far behind is the Orange County Republican Party Chairman Charles Hart, who won the month on the Republican side with a $17,200 haul to increase his fundraising efforts to $76,540.22.
Randy Ross is the third candidate in the Republican field. Ross raised $3,200 in July. He has a total of $9,476 in contributions.
Tiffany Hughes, the Democrat running unopposed, had the best fundraising month of any District 39 candidate, with $21,125. It was the fifth straight month she eclipsed $10,000. Hughes now sits at $72,408.86 in total contributions.
Incumbent Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore raised $4,146.26 from July 2nd - August 5th and continues to lead District 2 fundraising with a total of $155,546.26.
Sandra Fatmi-Hall kept pace with Moore, collecting only $5,045.22 and extending her total contributions to $111,958..
Chris Delgado reported $68,000 in fundraising this period, but only $1,600 was in contributions, while $66,400 was in loans to his campaign. He has total contributions, including loans to his campaign, totaling $112,020.
With only eight days before the election, candidates Kyle Becker and Lynetta Johnson have reported modest fundraising figures, with the most noteworthy event coming from a former opponent who donated to Becker.
Former Seat #4 Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, who sat for 40 years on the Apopka City Council and ran against Becker in 2016, donated $500 to his campaign.
"I have always supported the best candidate for the position," Arrowsmith said. "I served with him on the Lake Apopka Natural Gas Board, and he brought a lot to the table. I have never met or spoken to his opponent."
Becker reported $2,800 in fundraising from July 2nd-August 5th and $4,217.54 in in-kind contributions.
Johnson collected $400 for a total of $3,098.
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