Former Florida Sen. Bud Gardner announced his endorsement for Anna Eskamani in the House District 47 race, her campaign announced.

Gardner was a state senator in the 1980s and ’90s, and before that a member of Brevard County School Board and later the Florida House of Representatives.

Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat, faces Winter Park businessman and Republican Stockton Reeves in the 2018 election contest for HD 47. Republican incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller is running for Congress, rather than seeking re-election.

“My wife Jerol and I consider Anna to be a promise for the future. We have been very impressed with Anna’s advocacy efforts on behalf of our community. Often those elected to office forget why they first sought public office and who they represent. We don’t believe that would be true for Anna,” Gardner stated in a press release issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “Bright new faces such as hers give me hope for the future.”

Eskamani is an executive with Planned Parenthood and a community activist.

“Our campaign is not like any other campaign,” Eskamani stated. “We bring legislative experience, new energy and a deep sense of resilience during a time that needs it most. Bud and Jerol are no strangers to public service, and having their support adds to the intergenerational movement we are building. HD47 deserves a public servant who puts people over politics and prioritizes the health and safety of all Central Floridians. I am that person — authentic, vocal, and effective — and I cannot wait to be the next representative for House District 47.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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