What They’re Saying: Val Demings Launches Historic Campaign For U.S. Senate

ORLANDO – Val Demings, Orlando’s first female Chief of Police and now Congresswoman for Florida’s 10th District, yesterday announced that she is running to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate. Her announcement was met with excitement across Florida and the country.

Check out some of the coverage below:

“Val Demings is probably the only Democrat who can beat Marco Rubio; we can assume he knows that. It’s why Rubio came out swinging as soon as Demings officially entered the race for his U.S. Senate seat.”
~ Joe Henderson, Florida Politics

Daytona Beach News: Local Democrats: Val Demings can transcend partisan divide in U.S. Senate race
“Val Demings, the congresswoman and former Orlando police chief who announced Wednesday she’s challenging Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat, is no stranger to Volusia-Flagler Democrats. Demings has local connections and has made appearances in the area for years.”
~ Mark Harper, Daytona Beach News

“Demings is one of the best Democrats to face Rubio.”
Click to watch WINK’s full segment

“With the Senate now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, the Florida race will undoubtedly be among the nation’s most high profile and expensive battles next year.”
~ Evan Donovan, WESH

Palm Beach Post: U.S. Rep. Val Demings rips Marco Rubio in U.S. Senate campaign video

“With the theme “Never Tire,” Orlando Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings formally launched her campaign Wednesday to try to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.”
~ CBS 4 Miami

“U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando, who was on now-President Joe Biden’s shortlist for a running mate last year, announced her run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday. “When you grow up in the South poor, Black and female, you have to have faith in progress and opportunity. My father was a janitor and my mother was a maid — she said: ‘never tire of doing good, never tire,” Demings, the first Black woman to serve as chief of police at the Orlando Police Department, said in a YouTube video. (See the video below) “I’ve never tired of representing Florida, not for one single moment. I’ve never tired of standing up for what I believe is right. Now I’m running for the United States Senate because of two simple words: never tire,” she concluded.”
~ Anthony Leone, Spectrum

“A win would also make her the third Black woman to become a senator, after Carol Mosely Braun, who served from 1993 to 1999 and Harris, who was in the senate from 2017 until she joined the Biden White House. In her announcement, she emphasized her humble beginnings and determination to lead.”

Axios: Val Demings launches Senate campaign with “law and order” message

Click to watch the announcement discussed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“Her candidacy provides Democrats with a high-profile candidate as they hope to challenge Rubio…”
~ Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

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