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Heather Fitzenhagen re-election fundraiser set for tonight

Republican Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen will hold a fundraiser benefitting her House District 78 campaign May 3 in Fort Myers.

The fundraiser will be held at the Veranda, 2122 Second St., starting at 5:30 pm. Those interested in attending the event can RSVP by sending a note to Brittney Metzger via BrittneyRMetzger@gmail.com.

The event invitation lists dozens of names on the host committee, including several Republican elected officials.

At the top of the list are CFO Jimmy Patronis, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, Property Appraiser Ken Wilkinson, Tax Collector Larry Hart, Clerk of the Court Linda Doggett and Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson.

Fizenhagen was elected to HD 78 in 2012, and the 2018 campaign will be her last before term limits force her to exit the Florida House.

Currently, Democrat Parisima Taeb is the only challenger standing between Fitzenhagen and a fourth term.

The Fort Myers Republican has never faced a major-party challenger on Election Day. After winning the Republican Primary in a landslide six years ago, she beat Independent Kerry Babb in a 67-33 rout. In 2014 she received nearly 100 percent of the vote against write-in candidate Bates Mcleod Haney, and in 2016 she went wholly unopposed.

HD 78 covers part of Lee County. It includes Fort Myers starting from the banks of Caloosahatchee and extending southeast to the border of Collier County.

It carries a massive Republican advantage – Republicans make up 42 percent of the electorate compared to a 30 percent share for Democrats, and the seat voted plus-11 for Donald Trump in 2016.

The invitation is below.

Fitzenhagen invite 5.3.2018

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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