15 Jan December fundraising slow for all Apopka candidates
As published in The Apopka Voice. See the article here.
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.”