Tallahassee, FL (September 26, 2018) – Today Florida Conservation Voters announced their endorsement of Geraldine Thompson and Anna Eskamani for the State House of Representatives.
“Orlando residents are fortunate to have two strong women leaders ready to serve in the Florida Legislature on day one,” said Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, Florida Conservation Voters. ”Geraldine Thompson is a tireless leader and a respected voice when it comes to defending Florida’s drinking water and public parks. And Anna Eskamani is the fierce advocate Orlando needs to protect our rivers, lakes, and remarkable natural beauty. They understand the importance of our environment to our quality of life and economy. FCV looks forward to working with both Geraldine and Anna in Tallahassee.”
FCV’s relationship with the candidates is not new. Geraldine Thompson is on the Florida Conservation Voters’ Board of Directors until earlier this year, but did not have a vote on her own endorsement. Anna Eskamani and her sister, Ida, displayed their passion for Florida’s environment as volunteer signature gatherers during the 2014 Water & Land Conservation Amendment campaign.
“Women have often led the way on conservation issues in Florida. We are proud to say that both Geraldine Thompson and Anna Eskamani will continue this great tradition of protecting the people and places that make our state so special. We couldn’t be more excited about this announcement,” added Moncrief.
More About Anna
Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of immigrants 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, for the last six years Anna served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She managed a team of six 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.
Anna has earned the endorsement of over 60 community leaders and organizations, including an early endorsement from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. She was also one of the 48 women featured on the cover of Time magazine. When elected, Anna will be the first Iranian-American to serve in the Florida legislature.