Val Demings is running for US Congress in Florida’s 10th District. Demings is well known for being the first female and African American Police Chief of the Orlando Police Department. 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.
Background and Achievements
After graduating from Florida State University, Demings served as a social worker. She later served in Orlando law enforcement eventually becoming Chief of the Orlando Police Department, being the first woman to hold the position. Coming from humble beginnings in Jacksonville, Florida, Val Demings is eager to continue her public service by representing the people of Florida’s 10th district.
Positions on Key Issues
- Believes in fighting for equal rights for all women and families
- Advocates for feminist issues like addressing the wage gap, violence against women and girls, and reproductive rights
- Supports LGTBQ rights
- Brings attention to additional funding for public education to provide better opportunities for students, specifically women of color
- Advocates for stricter gun control laws
Prospects & Opponents
Demings is running against incumbent Dan Webster, a Tea Party favorite. After redistricting, Demings may have a good opportunity to beat Webster—the new lines transformed the once Republican-leaning district into a Democrat leaning district. Demings now has a Democratic primary race. Her main Democratic opponent is State Senator Geraldine Thompson who also is a progressive Democrat and women’s rights advocate. Feminist Majority had endorsed Demings in her 2012 race to unseat Webster and had lost in a close race by 51.7% to 48.3%.