Anna Eskamani reports her HD 47 funds have topped $200K - Florida Politics

Anna Eskamani reports her HD 47 funds have topped $200K

Democratic Florida House District 47 candidate Anna Eskamani reported Tuesday that her official campaign and her independent political committee combined have now cleared the $200,000 level in contributions.

Eskamani, seeking to succeed Republican state Rep. Mike Miller, has raised $184,400 in her official campaign fund. Her camp said in a news release Wednesday that People Power for Florida, her independent political committee, has drawn $24,250.

Her campaign raised $15,816 in February, the eight-consecutive month it reached five figures in donations, and finished February with about $139,000 in the bank. The latest reports for People Power for Florida have not yet been posted by the Florida Secretary of State. Through January that committee had brought in only about $3,200, and had spent about half of that.

Eskamani, of Orlando, is gearing up to face one of two Republicans seeking the seat, which represents north-central Orange County including Maitland, Winter Park, downtown Orlando, and neighborhoods around it.

Neither Stockton Reeves VI of Winter Park nor Mikaela Nix of Orlando has announced February campaign finance results, and their reports have not yet been posted by the Florida Secretary of State. However, both of them held their campaign kickoff fundraisers in February. Reeves came into the month having raised $11,000 since last summer and has lent his campaign $90,000, so his campaign entered February with about $95,000 in the bank. Nix entered the race in late January, and her only campaign finance activity at that point had been $100 she put into her account to start.

Eskamani’s campaign now has received more than 1,600 donations since she entered the race last July.

“This is more than just a moment, this is a movement,” she said in a news release issued by her campaign. “I am an Orlando native and a daughter of working class immigrants who lost her mom to cancer at age 13. I never thought I would run for office one day, let alone raise more than $200,000 from over 1,600 individual donations in just eight months.

“I have been holding politicians accountable and pushing for common sense policy for the last ten years of my life,” she added. “It’s about time women like me march from our neighborhoods and into the Florida House.”

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 scott@floridapolitics.com.

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