According to filed reports and an article by the Orlando Sentinel, former Republican Representative Eric Eisnaugle has raised over $245,000 for a special election to replace former Representative Steve Precourt in House District 44.
Eisnaugle is a household name for some Floridians as he served in the Florida House from 2008 to 2012 when he was drawn into the same district as Precourt after redistricting. Eisnaugle decided to wait until Precourt faced term limits in 2014 to run, but due to special circumstances, his time arrived sooner than planned.
Precourt decided to step down early to run the Orlando-Orange Country Expressway Authority Board but that decision didn’t work out in his favor.
Eisnaugle is facing former Orange County School Board member Vicky Bell and Democrat Shaun Raja.
While Eisnaugle has name recognition and the quiet backing of the Republican Party, or at least it seems so, Bell and Raja’s chance of winning hinge on their ability to raise money and to differentiate themselves.
For Raja, pointing out Eisnaugle’s voting record in Tallahassee may be a start. Red meat for Dems would include Eisnaugle’s ‘Yea’ vote on “Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries,” “Permitting Offshore Drilling,” voting ‘Yea’ on certain reproductive amendments and etc…
Bell has to prove why she’s the better Republican over a man who spent four years of his life walking the halls of the Capitol building.
Even with the few dings on his voting record, Eisnaugle should be able to dispose of Raja when the general comes.
The primary election between Eisnaugle and Bell will occur on March 11th with the special election coming on April 8th.
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