Eric Eisnaugle ramps up campaigning in HD 44 special election, draws primary opponent

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Former State Representative Eric Eisnaugle kicked his campaign into full gear this past weekend in a bid to return to Tallahassee in the House District 44 race.

Eisnaugle began walking the district with volunteers over the weekend and also started running radio ads last week. His “What’s an Eisnaugle” spot was heard by some local Politicos in the area. It’s similar to an ad he ran in his previous campaigns. He looks to capitalize on his name ID and heavy war chest to get the message out about his campaign.

But he’ll have to go through a primary first.

Fellow Republican and Tourism/Resort Director Stephen Facella filed to run against Eisnaugle on Friday. I spoke to him yesterday and he was collecting petitions when I called him. He was excited and told me he would send along a formal statement about his run. When he does, I’ll post it here.

There are no Democrats running in the Conservative Windermere/Winter Garden District at this time.

Both candidates are vying to replace Steve Precourt. The termed-out state representative resigned to accept the Executive Director position with the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority. The State Attorney has asked that they delay his hiring while they investigate potential Sunshine Law violations during the process leading up to his selection.

The House 44 primary is March 11; the general election is April 8.

Frank Torres is the Orlando-area writer for Florida Politics. He is a U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Central Florida and has covered politics in the region since 2009. Torres serves as a regular contributor to several news and radio organizations in the area and features original photography from many of the events he covers. He can be reached at torres.fjr@gmail.com.