Meet Rob Panepinto: New Front Runner In Orange Mayoral Race?

Winter Park entrepreneur and non-profit leader Rob Panepinto raised nearly $250,000 during the first month of his campaign.

By Jacob Engels

There are quite a few candidates for Orange County Mayor in 2018, and most of them are known in some way or another by local residents; Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, School Board member and former state legislator Bill Sublette, and Commissioner Pete Clarke.

However, the candidate who is leading the fundraising pack during the early stages is Winter Park businessman Rob Panepinto, taking in $240,000 in the first four weeks of his campaign.

Orlando Rising also noted that Panepinto has personally contributed $100,000 towards his mayoral ambitions.

Mr. Panepinto may have never held office before, but he is one hell of a serial entrepreneur. Most of his successful non-profit work centers around creating or sustaining up-and-coming business or other entrepreneurial efforts.

Earlier this month, we sat down with Panepinto and asked him about everything from safety in Orange County to medical marijuana.

We will be releasing segments from that interview over the next few weeks. You will find the first installment below, where Mr. Panepinto tells us who he is as a person.

This coverage is all part of our mission to make sure our readers know the people who are asking for their vote, before they mark their ballots in 2018.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.