Val Demings plans to run for Senate against Rubio – fr

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Val Demings plans to run for Senate against Rubio – fr



The slated bid offers Democrats a top candidate in a key Senate race against a nationally known – and well-funded opponent. The Orlando Democratic lawmaker has spent the past few months pondering a statewide race and recently decided on a Senate bid for governor, a source close to the MP told CNN .

The congressman plans to make her official announcement in the coming weeks, a source said.

“Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entry would make the race against Rubio very competitive,” said a National Democrat familiar with the campaign.

News of Demings’ plans was first reported by Politico.

Demings’ decision to run for the Senate frees the Democratic primary in the Florida gubernatorial race, with Democratic Representative Charlie Crist announcing earlier this month that he was running to reclaim his old seat. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is also considering a gubernatorial bid, and the prospect of three well-known elected officials clashing in a primary had worried some Florida Democrats.
Demings’ decision could put her in a main fight against Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, who is also considering a run against Rubio in 2022.

Demings has seen her national profile rise in recent years, initially rising to prominence when she was one of the Democratic House impeachment officials tasked with arguing against former President Donald Trump in her first impeachment trial.

The Florida MP was also among Joe Biden’s 2020 running mate, a process that has bolstered her profile both within the potential administration and with key Democratic agents and donors. The MP was also a frank voice in the national race calculation that was punctuated by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

“I’m not sure I want the job as much as the job wants,” Demings told CNN during the vice president search process. “And I say that because I think people are chosen, I believe, at times to process certain things. And if we look at what’s going on in our country right now… I know how discrimination feels, I know how racism feels, because I’ve been subjected to it. “

Born in 1957, she was the youngest of seven children to a father who worked as a janitor and a mother who was a housekeeper – all descendants of slaves.

The future congressman attended separate schools for much of her childhood, before attending and graduating from Florida State University with a degree in criminology.

After two years as a social worker, Demings joined the Orlando Police Department in 1983, where she rose through the ranks and in 2007 became Chief of Police. She retired from the police in 2011 before unsuccessfully running for Congress in 2012 and for mayor in Orange County in 2014. She then successfully won her first elected post in 2016 when she won her election. sits in Congress.

Demings’ plan bid is already garnering national support, especially among groups like The Collective PAC, an organization aimed at strengthening black representation in elected officials.

“Electing a black woman to the US Senate this cycle is a top organizational priority and we are proud to support Val Demings,” said Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, the organization’s co-founders. “There has never been a more crucial time for us to elect leaders who are committed to criminal justice reform, safeguarding the right to vote and ensuring that government officials are held accountable for their contrary behavior. to ethics. “

CNN’s Caroline Kenny, Alex Rogers and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.

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