The VOICE of Apopka Politics
The past few weeks were noteworthy in Apopka politics because of the emergence of three new candidates into the Seat #2 election, but it did not crossover into fundraising. As is typically the case, December proved to be the slowest month of the election with no candidate exceeding $2,000 in donations.
One thing that did not change, however, is the razor-thin margin between Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson in total contributions, and cash-on-hand.
Nelson raised $1,100 in December, which brings his total fundraising tally up to $53,435, $585 more than Kilsheimer. He has spent $27,535.82 on his campaign effort, which gives his campaign $25,899.18 on hand – $654.29 ahead of Kilsheimer. In December, Nelson had six donors (four of them from Apopka) that gave contributions ranging from $50-$500. Four of his donors were individuals, while two were businesses.
“We continue to get support from the community,” said Nelson. “I am excited that over 75% of my donors are from Apopka.”
Suzanne Kidd, a candidate for the Seat #1 City Commission, maintained her fundraising lead over her three opponents with a $1,550 month. Kidd had 10 individuals and one business donate between $25 and $500. Kidd’s total donations now total $16,686. She has spent $4,373.98 on her campaign, which leaves her with $12,312.02 on hand. Seven of the 11 donors were from Apopka.
“Many thanks to my Apopka supporters for your generosity during December!” Kidd said. “While this was a month primarily focused on your family and in helping those in need, your yearning for strong leadership in Apopka government impelled you to also invest a portion of your resources in me. Thank you for welcoming me into your homes as I’ve canvassed your neighborhoods. I hear your love for our City and will follow your wishes to keep Apopka moving forward in a positive, inclusive direction.”
In the Seat #2 race, Commissioner Diane Velazquez loaned her campaign $2,000 but did not report any contributions in December.
Apopka resident and Seat #2 challenger Leroy Bell raised $1,900 from 19 individuals and two businesses. Their contributions ranged from $25-$440. Fifteen out of the 21 donors were from Apopka. Bell has raised a total of $2,000 and spent $901.10 on his campaign which leaves him with $1,098.90.
Alicia Koutsoulieris donated $100 to her own campaign and has yet to spend any funds.
Alice Nolan, a surprise candidate who only entered the race a week ago did not file a fundraising report because she was not a candidate in December.
Since the day of my announcement, I have received such an outpouring of support from citizens wanting to contribute not just financially but with their time,” said Nolan. “I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed.”