Orlando City Commission candidate Juan Lynum is scheduled to hold his first fundraiser on Thursday night at Draft Global Beer Lounge and Grill.
From the looks of who’s seated on his host committee, Lynum is looking to separate himself from his two opponents, Regina Hill and Cynthia Harris.
While money isn’t an indicator as to who will win any political race, it does give an idea of which candidate may have the most support.
Judging by Lynum’s line-up, a list that includes former Chair of the Downtown Development Board Vernice Atkins-Bradley and Jim Pugh, Chairman of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, his support is coming from high places.
Lynum should have a decent haul of money once the doors close on his fundraising party Thursday night. That number should run north of a few thousand dollars; enough to give him a pretty good start for an election that’s a little more than a month and a half away.
For Regina Hill and Cynthia Harris, their separate money chests may look small compared to what Lynum may come up with, but if they both spend money wisely, this race may get competitive over the next month.
Hill has raised almost $3,000 and Harris comes in a little under $6,000. They’ve both spent the majority of what they have as of the last reporting period, but again, their monetary success is contingent upon how they spend money leading up to Election Day.
Both Hill and Harris have positioned themselves as advocates for the voiceless. Hill has stated that she wants to build up the people of District five instead of more venues and Harris has a list of goals that include “preserving community heritage and encouraging the local economy.”
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