Democratic candidate for Florida House District 47 Anna V. Eskamani has earned the endorsement of the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC).
“A daughter of immigrants from Iran, Anna’s life story epitomizes American principles and values of hard work, perseverance, equality, and commitment to family,” said Morad Ghorban, Political Director of IAPAC. “A proven leader and advocate, she has worked tirelessly to help people in her community. We have full confidence that Anna’s passion for public service, commitment to understanding the issues, and finding common ground will get results for the state of Florida. As an organization that encourages Iranian Americans to actively participate in the democratic process and to give back to America as it has given to us, we are extremely proud to endorse Anna Eskamani for Florida House District 47.”
IAPAC is the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA). The organization promotes and contributes to the election of candidates that work to foster greater understanding between the people of Iran and the United States. They also help to elect Iranian American candidates running for political office. Anna’s victory in November will make her the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida.
Anna had the following statement to offer in response:
“Both of my parents were born in Iran, but they made Orlando their home. We are a nation of immigrants, and my family’s story is not unlike those of other Americans. My personal identity coupled with my lived experiences compel me to care deeply about others, and to push back against political agendas that marginalize and attack members of our community because of how they look, talk, or who they worship. I am committed to finding peace through policy, and will fight to protect all Floridians. Thank you IAPAC for your support.”
Anna’s mom was born in Tehran and her dad in Tabriz, but they met in Orlando. Her first trip to Iran was to bring her mom’s ashes to the Caspian Sea, as she passed away in 2004 from cancer. Anna has a great deal of family still in Iran, family who have been impacted directly by Trump’s Muslim Ban.
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More About Anna
Anna V. Eskamani is lifelong Orlando Native and daughter of immigrant parents who has worked relentlessly her entire life to protect all members of our community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and strategic management. A community organizer with a proven track record in building consensus while fighting unapologetically for progressive values, Anna currently serves as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.* She manages a team across 22 counties and is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality. Anna is also a PhD student in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida and serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Intro to Women’s Studies. Tough, authentic and unafraid, Anna is a progressive who has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done. She has also been featured on the cover of Time magazine.
*Provided for biographical purposes only