The Anna for Florida Blog

Update from Team Anna

I wanted to share with you a quick update on what Team Anna is working on as we prepare to serve you in the Florida House.Packing Up Our Campaign Office: Yesterday our team spent the day packing up our campaign office. Thank you CREDO Conduit for giving us an...

Our Story of Self: By #TeamAnna

It’s funny how a few hours in front of the TV on Election Day can feel like an eternity, but an entire campaign cycle can feel like a blip in time.

We Won!

Thank you for trusting me to be your fighter in Tallahassee. This is not the end of a movement, this is actually just the beginning.

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Beth Lashley

I am so happy to see a young woman with Anna’s incredible intelligence, energy, organization, and focus running for office.

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Emily Wray

The more I’ve gotten to know Anna through this campaign, I am convinced that she’s exactly the kind of leader I want representing my interests in Tallahassee – as a woman, a lesbian, and a teacher.

How Florida is Funded, and What Can We Do To Make It Better

For decades Democrats have been pegged as big spenders. The party of “free stuff” and tax hikes. I’m twenty-eight years old. My perceptions are likely different because of my age. My optimism strong, my sense of responsibility real, and my hope for a future where...

President Obama just endorsed us!

As a former state legislator himself, President Obama recognizes the importance of electing strong leaders at the state level.

Watch Our First HD47 Debate!

On Friday September 21st, Anna debated her Republican opponent at a forum hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The debate was live streamed on Facebook, and you can watch it here and by clicking on the video below. Anna did an incredible job. She highlighted...

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

If we want our youth to be productive members of local communities, it is critically important that we invest in our public schools, bring stakeholders together to desegregate poverty, and move away from an approach to juvenile justice that relies primarily on incarceration.

47 Means Business Profile: Lori Parks

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

My Mother’s Name is Nasrin

A two-minute video tells Anna’s personal story as an Orlando native and daughter of working-class immigrants.

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Michael Martinez

From family to field, Michael Martinez shares the experiences which have molded him into an unwavering example of solidarity and change-making on our campaign.

Why Arts Funding Matters

We will never reach our fullest potential as a community if we continue to neglect the arts.

Anna’s Public Transit Adventure in HD47

Our public transit adventure in House District 47 has given me a deeper understanding of how public transit works — and doesn’t work — in our community.

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Ida Eskamani

I’ve experienced my fair share of trauma, and though it’s been hard, I have managed to find strength in struggle. Yet through it all, I’ve had one consistent force: my twin sister, Anna.

Anna V. Eskamani Receives the Endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders

Democratic candidate for Florida House District 47 Anna V. Eskamani has received the endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders. On Friday Senator Bernie Sanders stumped for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum at the University of Central Florida. During his opening...

47 Means Business Profile: Cassandra Wilcox

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

47 Means Business Profile: Dean Caravelis

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

We’re in The Atlantic

“If Eskamani beats her Republican opponent in November, she’ll join a class of progressive candidates whose elections will reshape the Democratic Party.”

Washington DC, #MeToo, and Our Movement

I got home from Washington DC late last night, after serving on a panel at the National Press Club on the power of the #MeToo movement in the 2018 elections.

47 Means Business Profile: Tess Falk

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

47 Means Business Profile: Scott White

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Danielle Dickey

Anna’s policy of “people over profit” is a revolutionary disruption in a political system that has historically been rooted in big money. For this reason, and a million more, I am #TeamAnna.

47 Means Business Profile: Chelsie Savage

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and...

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Alex Weeden

I’m going to have to start this story with the 2016 election. Like many of those reading this probably were, I was shocked and appalled at the results.

The Story Behind Our Logo

We get a LOT of questions about our logo. What does it mean, where did it come from, was it inspired by Wonder Woman? With all of these questions, we thought it would be important to press pause, and tell the story of our campaign logo.

Father’s Day

Many of the values I hold today I can credit to my Dad. The importance of family, education, hard work, and my love for all things space and Pink Floyd.

#KeepFamiliesTogether and Ways to Take Action

“As a daughter of immigrants I cannot stand silently by as Dreamers, DACA recipients, and immigrants, are ripped apart from their families and stripped of their rights and protections.”

10 Things To Do with Dad around District 47

Here at Anna for Florida, we’re proud to have the support of dads on our campaign, but we also are blessed to have the guidance and compassion of dads in our everyday lives, too. That’s why we have crafted a list of 10 fun and simple activities to share with Dad today...

47 Means Business Profile: Mike Van den Abbeel

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

Why I’m #TeamAnna: Shiraz Malul

The time is now to move onward. Anna’s team is driven by her passion for people. She looks past anger and negativity to create progress. She is a leader and an educator. I am proud to be a Field Team Leader on a campaign filled with motivation, inspiration and passion, and cannot wait for our victory in November!

47 Means Business Profile: Jazmin Diaz

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business Profile: Marci Arthur

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business: Rhett Alexander

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

Team Anna Marks Denim Day

Denim Day is an international reminder that sexual assault is never a survivor’s fault, no matter what they were wearing

47 Means Business: Cheryl Blanc of Dandelion Communitea Cafe

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business: Will Walker of Will’s Pub

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business: Jon Busdeker of Sunny Oranges Productions

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

Anna V. Eskamani’s Campaign Knocks on Over 10,000 Doors

The First Time Democratic Candidate for HD47 is Excelling Both in Finance & Field Orlando, FL-- Today, Anna V. Eskamani’s campaign to win Florida State House District 47 reached yet another milestone: she and her volunteers have knocked on more than 10,000 doors...

Anna Eskamani raises more than $200,000 in campaign account

  The Florida Division of Elections posted fundraising totals from across the state and I am proud to announce that we raised the most of all Central Florida State House Candidates last month!     But that news gets even better: Since we launched our campaign back in...

47 Means Business: Melissa Schumann of The Falcon Bar & Gallery

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business: Katie Donzanti of The Peaceful Peacock

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

Nowruz Mobarak! (Happy Persian New Year!)

Dear Reader, I was born and raised in Orlando to a working class family of immigrants from Iran. One of the most important holidays for my family is Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which falls each year on the spring equinox. Today marks that day, and from my family to...

47 Means Business Profile: Macbeth Studio

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

47 Means Business Profile: Beth Hobart of Mainframe Real Estate

In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the...

Power In Our Pain

There is power to find in our pain. I learned that when I lost my Mom to cancer in 2004, and I felt it again in 2016 when 49 people were murdered at Pulse nightclub, once more at the hands of an assault rifle.

Celebrating Black History Month in Hannibal Square

February is Black History Month, and our team is proud to support, respect, and share the rich cultural history of our African-American residents, monuments, and legacies throughout District 47. For this reason, we want to spotlight our very own Hannibal Square....

Taking action in the face of tragedy

Dear Reader, Like you, my heart aches. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has left us all stunned and in shock. The students impacted will always live with trauma, their families will forever be in pain, and our first responders will...

Polly and Thaddeus Seymour Endorse Anna V. Eskamani For Florida House

Winter Park, FL -- Democratic candidate for Florida House District 47 Anna V. Eskamani has earned the endorsement of Polly and Thaddeus Seymour. “We are excited that Anna Eskamani is running to represent our community in Tallahassee,” said Thad. “We strongly support...