Democrat Anna Eskamani raised more than $52,000 in her first month after announcing her candidacy to run in Florida’s House District 47, her campaign announced Monday.
Eskamani, of Orlando, pulled in $52,517, with her first major fundraiser yet to come, set for Aug. 15, according to her campaign. That has come from more than 300 individual donations.
The campaign also announced the backing of former Orange County Chair Linda Chapin who will be speaking at her campaign kickoff fundraiser.
The swing seat representing north and central Orange County is expected to be vacated, as Republican incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park announced in late June that he is running for Congress instead of re-election. So far, the only other announced candidate is Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves, a Republican.
“Raising over $50,000 in four weeks was made possible by the over 300 teachers, retirees, students, veterans, physicians, nurses, executives, environmentalists, attorneys, and business owners who donated to our campaign because they want a bold new vision for Tallahassee and a proven community leader who gets things done,” she stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “We all do better, when we all do better. I truly believe that, and Central Floridians from all political persuasions can trust me as their elected voice in Tallahassee.”
Eskamani is senior director of public affairs and communications at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida.