The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee has announced they’ll be making a grassroots push in the upcoming special election in House District 44. The seat opened up after then-incumbent Eric Eisnaugle was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Scott.
“We have the chance to increase Democratic representation in Tallahassee in our own backyard. Be the change we wish to seek” says the announcement.
There will be two “Days of Action” on June 11th and June 25th, where the Dems will be signing up canvassers and phone banking volunteers. They’ll also be registering for vote by mail and pushing for voter restoration rights.
House District 44, which includes part of West Orange County, has leaned Republican in recent years with Eisnaugle easily winning his last three elections and his GOP successor having little difficulty in neighborhoods in the district like Windermere, Winter Garden and Doctor Phillips. It would be a major pick up for Democrats around the state if they were able to pull off an upset.
The Primary Election is on August 15th and the General Election on October 10. Paul Chandler is the only Democrat to file up to this point and is opposite a wide field of Republican oppositions running in a primary of their own.