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Kilsheimer opens re-election campaign with solid fundraising month


Decision Apopka 2018

Smith extends lead in Seat #1 fundraising

Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer has been quiet since announcing his re-election bid in March. But in June, his fundraising operation kicked into high gear. Kilsheimer raised $14,350 and closed the gap on Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson in both total donations and cash on hand.

"I am humbled and grateful for all the support I have received," said Kilsheimer."I look forward to sharing my record and my vision for Apopka's future."

Mayor Joe Kilsheimer raised $14,350 in June.

Kilsheimer's 25 were both businesses and individuals and ranged between $50-$1,000. His campaign account sits at $14,200.

Nelson raised $2,650 in June, which increases his total fundraising tally to $36,510.00 since he announced his intention to run in March. Nelson has spent $16,477.77 on his campaign effort, which means he has $20,033.77 on hand. In June, Nelson had six individuals and businesses give contributions ranging from $100-$1,000.

"We have a lot of enthusiasm going into summer, and have distributed hundreds of magnetic bumper stickers to supporters," Nelson said. "We continue to get broad support from people who share my vision for a prosperous city. We are thrilled by the momentum that our campaign has maintained."

Commissioner Bryan Nelson raised $2,650 in June.

In the Seat #1 City Commission race Alexander Smith extended his lead over Gene Knight with a $925.00 haul, which included eight individual and business donors giving him contributions ranging from $10-$200. Smith has raised a total of $3,961.15 and spent $1,219.16 on his bid to succeed Commissioner Billie Dean for the seat, which leaves him with $2,741.99 on hand.

"We are so excited about the days ahead for the campaign," said Smith. "We are preparing to go door-to-door to meet the citizens of Apopka. We are so thankful for the support shown thus far. My motto is: "We the People." It is not about me, but what the citizens of Apopka want."

Knight raised $425 in June, which came from four donors giving him contributions ranging from $50-$150. His account has a balance of $480.86.

"Things are picking up," Knight said. "I've been going door to door meeting the citizens of Apopka and getting a good response. As for the fundraising, it's been steady. I would like to spend as little as possible on the campaign... do I need donations? Yes but I'm not looking for large amounts. I think people will vote for who they believe will stand up for them and not just say things to get elected. I'm not going to pretend to be someone I'm not. I will have the citizen's back 100%."

Dean has announced he will not run for re-election to Seat #1.

In the Seat #2 race, Commissioner Diane Velazquez announced her intention to run for re-election, but has not formally started her campaign, and has not raised any funds towards her bid for a second term. However, no one has filed to run against her.