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Anna Eskamani grabs Jerry Demings’ endorsement

Democratic Florida House District 47 candidate Anna Eskamani has received the endorsement of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, her campaign announced Monday morning.

Demings also is a Democrat, and Eskamani faces two Republicans in her quest to win HD 47, which is being vacated by Republican state Rep. Mike Miller, who is running for Congress

Demings is running for Orange County mayor against two Republican candidates, though that office officially is nonpartisan.

“I have known Anna since her days as an officer of the College Democrats at UCF. That was nearly ten years ago, and it has been incredible to watch her grow into the community leader she is today,” Demings stated in a news release issued by Eskamani’s campaign. “Anna is someone who gets it — she works hard, takes time to understand the issues, and is always looking for common ground. She cares deeply about public safety and our first responders too. We will be in good hands with Anna as our next State House representative.”

Eskamani faces Orlando lawyer Mikaela Nix and Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves VI, who will face off in the August 28 Republican primary for HD 47. The district covers north and central Orange County.

“I am honored to have the support of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. Jerry is one of the most well-respected leaders in our community and his trust in me speaks volumes to my ability to serve the great people of House District 47,” Eskamani stated in the news release. “The health, safety, and security of Florida families will always be my biggest priority, and together with partners like Jerry, we will work hard to ensure that every person in this state can live life to its fullest potential.”

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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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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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