Democratic candidate Anna Eskamani announced the endorsements Monday of 10 Democratic members of the Florida House of Representatives in her bid for Florida’s House District 47.

In addition to the endorsements from Democratic state Reps. Amy Mercado and Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando, announced earlier, the backing comes from Democratic state Reps. John Cortes of Kissimmee, Daisy Baez of Coral Gables, Emily Slosberg of Delray Beach, Evan Jenne of Hollywood, Lori Berman of Boynton Beach, Robert Ascencio of Miami, Sean Shaw of Tampa and Shevrin Jones of West Park.

Eskamani, or Orlando, filed to run for what would be an open seat representing east-central Orlando including downtown, Winter Park and much of central Orange County. Republican incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park, filed to run for Congress instead of re-election.

Eskamani is the only candidate in the race so far.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Anna since she was a UCF College Democrat,” Mercado, a former Orange County Democratic chair, stated in a news release issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “She is an amazing individual who puts all her energy and passion in rolling up her sleeves to fight for community, which is exactly what we need in Tallahassee. She will be an amazing addition to the Florida legislature.”

 

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