The daughter of working-class Iranian immigrants who lost her mother to cancer at age 13, Anna Eskamani threw her hat in the ring to flip Florida House District 47. Democrats targeted and lost the Central Florida district in both 2014 and 2016.
Eskamani wasn’t shy about her progressive bona fides. As Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for six years, Eskamani had earned a reputation as a fearless and unapologetic fighter for women, minorities and hardworking families.
Republicans spent heavily on TV and mail attempting to define Anna as too extreme for the district; Eskamani weathered attacks that hit her for past “vulgar” comments she made in defense of women’s, LGBTQ and minority rights. Meanwhile, Deliver developed a mail plan that focused on her compelling story that connected with the lives of countless voters in the district and the issues that mattered most to them – namely good schools, a good wage, affordable health care and gun control. The mail worked in tandem with a dominate Eskamani field and digital program that resulted in a stunning win.
When the final votes were counted, Anna Eskamani won with 57% of the vote – in the same district that Republicans had won by six percent just two years before.