Val Demings, a "no-nonsense leader," is running for US Congress in Florida's 10th district (Orlando west suburbs, Winter Garden, Leesburg), which was previously named the 8th district. If elected, Demings promises to focus on job creation, clean energy, and the protection of women's rights, including reproductive rights, expanding paid family and medical leave, and pay equity.
Prospects and Opponent: Demings is running against incumbent Freshman Republican Congressman Daniel Webster, who had been in state legislature for 20 years. But only 56% of the new district is currently represented by Webster. Tea Party backed Webster voted straight party line for tax breaks for the rich and the Ryan Budget. Winning in this swing district would be a great opportunity to take back this area from the Tea Party. The district lines are still being challenged in court. The primary election will take place on August 14th.
Background and Major Achievements: Demings has a B.S. in criminology from Florida State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from Webster University. Early in her career, Demings worked as a Social Worker. Later, Demings served 27 years as a police officer in Orlando, including three years as Police Chief. Throughout her successful career, she:
- Was the first woman to serve as Police Chief in Orlando.
- Created a 40% reduction in violent crime as Police Chief of Orlando.
- Arrest for domestic violence crimes increased by 15%.
Other Endorsements: EMILY's List, WCF, NWPC