The VOICE of Apopka Politics
By Reggie Connell/The Apopka Voice Managing Editor
If fundraising is any indicator of election results, then Apopka is in for a very close mayoral race, and a clear frontrunner is emerging in the Seat #1 City Commission race.
Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer led all candidates in October fundraising, closing in on Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson’s overall lead in total contributions. Nelson is challenging Kilsheimer in the 2018 Apopka Mayoral election.
Nelson raised $3,000 in October, which brings his total fundraising tally up to $47,385. He has spent $20,137 on his campaign effort, which gives his campaign $24,248 on hand. In October, Nelson had 12 donors (nine of them from Apopka) that gave contributions ranging from $50-$1,000. 11 of his donors were individuals, while one was from a business.
“I am excited that over 75% of my donors are from Apopka,” Nelson said. “I’m also looking forward to a great friend-raiser event in Apopka on Sunday at the Risser Ranch at 3620 West Kelly Road on Sunday from 3-5 PM.
Suzanne Kidd, a candidate for the Seat #1 City Commission, raised $5,545, which outdid her first month on the campaign trail when she raised $5,050. Kidd had 21 individuals and four businesses donate between $5 and $1,000. She spent $3,682.74 on her campaign, which leaves her with $6,912.26 – and gives her a sizeable lead over all of her Seat #1 opponents. 11 of Kidd’s donors were from Apopka.
“I’m very grateful to the residents and businesses of Apopka for their generous support of my campaign for Apopka City Council. It is a reflection of the confidence they have in me to be a Commissioner of integrity, passion, diligence, and commitment to work hard to improve the lives of EVERY person, family, and business that calls Apopka home.”
In the Seat #2 race, Commissioner Diane Velazquez announced her intention to run for re-election in March, but has not formally started her campaign, and has not raised any funds towards her bid for a second term. No one, however, has filed a challenge to her seat as of November 14th.