Amol Jethwani, Anna Eskamani named 'champions' by progressive group - Florida Politics

Amol Jethwani, Anna Eskamani named ‘champions’ by progressive group

Democratic Florida House candidate Anna Eskamani is one of 70 candidates nationwide named as “champions” by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, identifying candidates around the country deemed as fighting for progressive priorities, her campaign announced Thursday.

Also named a champion in Florida was Democrat Amol Jethwani of Gainesville, who is running for Florida House District 21. Eskamani, of Orlando, is running in Florida House District 47.

“The candidates on our champions list are running great campaigns powered by the grassroots, not corporate interests,” the political action committee stated on its webpage.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee, was founded in 2009, and is described as having been closely allied with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat. It raises money and provides it to the campaigns it is supporting.

Eskamani is seeking to succeed state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park, who is not seeking re-election. Also vying for the seat are Republicans Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves VI and Orlando lawyer Mikaela Nix.

Jethwani is seeking to take on incumbent Republican state Rep. Charles Clemons of Newbury. So is Democrat Jason Haeseler of Gainesville.

Eskamani and Jethwani were the only candidates selected in Florida.

“Our 2018 Champions across the country are committed to solving big problems affecting their communities,” said Marissa Barrow, a spokesperson for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, stated in a news release issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “Selected for their bold vision, these candidates are highly capable leaders ready to make change.”

“Our campaign to take back Florida State House District 47 is more than just a moment; this is a movement, powered by the people of Florida,” Eskamani stated in the release. “For the past ten years, I have committed my life’s work to holding politicians accountable while empowering my community and protecting our rights. Our election will be historic, and it feels good knowing that we have PCCC members by my side.”

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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