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ORLANDO'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE POLICE CHIEF TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

ORLANDO'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE POLICE CHIEF TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

Val Demings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in downtown Orlando after being introduced by Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Demings will run for the 8th District seat in Washington, which is now occupied by Republican Daniel Webster. She may face competition in the Democratic primary from former Rep. Alan Grayson, who said earlier this week he plans to run for Congress. Grayson may seek his former 8th District seat or try for a new congressional seat that may be created in Central Florida after state lawmakers finish the redistricting process next year. Several sources have also confirmed that state senator Gary Siplin is also a potential candidate.

At her retirement in May, Demings hinted that whatever she does next had to be in public service.

"It has got to be a job that continues to effect people's lives," she said.

Demings is married to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. She was Orlando's police chief from December 2007 to last May. She contends her experience as Orlando’s top cop and time at the Orlando Police Department over 25 years more than qualifies her to run. (more)

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