Democratic candidate Anna Eskamani has been endorsed by Emily’s List in the race to replace state Rep. Mike Miller in House District 47.
“Anna Eskamani has been standing up against harmful policies that threaten Central Florida families and is a voice for her community’s marginalized,” said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List. “Anna will continue to fight for good-paying jobs, affordable health care, and women’s reproductive freedom when she is elected to the state House and EMILY’s List is proud to stand with her.”
Emily’s List, a progressive organization that supports women candidates for office, is the latest in a long line of endorsements for Eskamani. Others backing her campaign this month include former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Florida College Democrats.
“I’ve committed the last six years of my life to fighting to protect women’s access to healthcare,” Eskamani said. “I worked at Planned Parenthood where I was on the front lines in Florida pushing back against a politically motivated agenda that shamed, judged and restricted women’s access to abortion, birth control, sex-ed, and even prenatal and postnatal care.
“Women’s reproductive health is intrinsically tied to our bodily autonomy, economic security, and political efficacy. I will fight everyday for policies that protect and enhance the lives of Central Florida families, and will never allow politicians to interfere in our personal medical decisions.”
Eskamani faces Lou Forges in the Democratic primary, though she is in the midst of challenging his candidacy in court because his filing paperwork was notarized by his wife. Competing for the Republican nomination are Orlando attorney Mikaela Nix and Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves.
Through July 6, Eskamani led the money race with more than $270,000 raised for her campaign account and another $34,251 for her political committee, People Power for Florida. She has more than $220,000 on hand between the two accounts.
HD 47 covers north and central Orange County, including much of Winter Park and Orlando.
The primary election is Aug. 28. The general election is Nov. 6.