Democrat Anna Eskamani announced Tuesday she has received endorsements from two elected leaders in Osceola County for her pursuit of election to the Orange County-based House District 47.
Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer and Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez both endorsed Eskamani, according to a release from Eskamani’s campaign. Janer and Alvarez both are seen as rising stars in Democratic politics, with strong bases in Osceola’s and southern Orange County’s Hispanic, principally Puerto Rican community,
HD 47 is more in northern Orange County, but with a growing Hispanic population.
Eskamani, an Orlando Planned Parenthood executive and community organizer for the Democrats and progressive organizations, faces Winter Park businessman and longtime Republican operative Stockton Reeves seeking HD 47. Incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller is running for Congress feather than seeking re-election.
“Anna has been a champion of the people for many years, by being a fierce defender of reproductive justice, women’s rights, equality for all as well as many other progressive issues which put people first. Anna is and will continue to be a progressive warrior – she is exactly the type of candidate that we need representing us in Tallahassee,” Janer stated in the press release.
“To represent a community, one has to have a spirit of service, commitment to the public without biases or prejudices, be a good listener and a good communicator.I have found that Anna V. Eskamani to have the qualities needed to represent her constituency,” Alvarez stated in the release. “She is a woman of integrity, focused on the issues that affects her community, and driven to legislate on behalf of her constituents in order to better the quality of life of her citizens.”