Some happy news from my hometown:
ORLANDO – When her lone opponent dropped out of the race, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was left sitting on a pile of campaign cash with no campaign to spend it on. The law allows candidates to distribute their unused contributions to charities of their choice. On Tuesday, Sheehan presented a check for $25,000, most of her funds, to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida. The center at 946 N. Mills Ave. is raising money for a building fund. The group provides support and social programs to more than 15,000 people a year. Sheehan, who is gay, had about $43,000 left when challenger Sam Odom ended his candidacy in October, citing fundraising problems.