Anna Eskamani fleshing out voter engagement effort with more staff

Anna Eskamani
Eskamani is using her political committee to boost Democrats in 2022.

Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani is filling out her political activism organization with nine new paid staff including seven student activist fellows from colleges and universities.

Eskamani’s People Power for Florida originated as a political committee to support Eskamani’s election runs in her Orlando-based district. However, earlier this year she announced she was converting it to statewide progressive activism. Last week she announced a voter registration training program and the committee’s goal to register 25,000 new voters before the 2022 election.

Among the nine new hires is Raymer Maguire, an alumnus from Florida’s medical marijuana and minimum wage campaigns, who joined as operations director. In addition, Gabrielle Alcantara-Anderson, who will serve as the organizing director, comes from UNITE HERE Local 362 with experience in both political and union organizing.

People Power for Florida is targeting, in part, potential voters age 18-35 because of their lower registration and turnout rates.

With that focus in mind, seven paid, part-time organizing fellows were hired from colleges and universities across Florida: Maya Anderson, Patrick Burnette, Aaron Facio-Cortes, Hadia Khanani, Catherine Le, Xavier Ortega, and Jaylah Washington.

Earlier, Eskamani announced the engagement of veteran political attorney Jason Blank and longtime Democratic treasurer Shelby Green for the People Power for Florida team.

People Power will have the fellows use their experience in community and digital organizing to train volunteer leaders across the state. The fellows have worked with the Florida Democratic Party and on local Democratic races, legislative efforts, community groups and voter registration initiatives. The organization said they would all bring deep commitments to building political power among people traditionally ignored by political parties and advocacy groups.

“People power is more than a name; our greatest strength is the volunteers who share our vision for a multi-class, multi-racial, and multi-generational coalition that leaves no one behind,” Alcantara-Anderson stated in a news release.

“Republican leaders have made it as hard as they can for everyday Floridians to register their peers to vote,” added Maguire. “We are providing the resources and training needed to make it as easy as possible for everyday people and local advocacy groups to register voters.”

Scott Powers

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 [email protected].


  • Ed

    June 28, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Eskamani. A fresh graduate from the Stacey Abrams school of voter harvesting.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    June 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

    She’s a revolutionary in the mold of the 60’s. Her aim is to overthrow the system of government.

  • Matthew lusk

    June 28, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    A few more Christian candidates running for office to counter this mess would be nice. A question? Which of the following would be the most sensible persons to write the laws one lives under. Marxist, Muslim, atheist, criminal, narcissist, Christian, amoral scientist, Che Guevara, Brussels bureaucrat, village idiot? Which of the previous actually run for office? Why we are where we are!

    • Ruben David

      June 29, 2021 at 3:26 am

      Matthew Lusk – Amen. I totally agree with you and have been praying for that for quite a while now. We certainly need a diverse group of Christians (across age, race, ethnicity and gender) to run for public office and govern. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and that was the secret to its prosperity. May God continue to bless the United States of America.

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