Former Democratic House Minority Leader Mark Pafford has issued his endorsement of Democrat Anna Eskamani in the race for Florida’s House District 47 in Orange County.

Eskamani, of Winter Park, faces Republican candidate Stockton Reeves, also of Winter Park, in the run to replace Republican state Rep. Mike Miller in a district that covers much of north and central Orange County, including downtown Orlando.

Miller, also of Winter Park, is running for Congress, rather than for re-election.

Pafford represented parts of Palm Beach County for eight years. After he left office in 2016 he moved to Central Florida.

“Anna has the skills and temperament to be an outstanding legislator. Her compassion for people and her thoughtful and intelligent nature will make her someone to be proud of,” Pafford said in a statement issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “I am happy to support Anna because I know she will keep all Floridians a priority.”

“Our campaign brings legislative experience, new energy, and a deep sense of resilience during a time that needs it most,” Eskamani stated. “Mark Pafford served the people of Florida well as an authentic, vocal, and effective public servant. I plan to do the same.”

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