Florida Representative Val Demings is planning to run against Florida Senator Marco Rubio for his US Senate seat. The Congresswoman is expected to announce her plans in the coming weeks, a source told CNN.
“Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entrance would make the race against Rubio highly competitive,” an unidentified Democrat said.
The Congresswoman was a top contender to be President Joe Biden’s vice president.
“I’m not sure I want the job as much as the job may want me,” Demings told CNN during the vice presidential search process. “And I say that because I think that people are chosen, I believe, at certain times to address certain things. And if we look at what is going on in our country right now… I know what discrimination feels like, I know what racism feels like, because I have been subjected to it.”
Representative Demings worked with the Orlando Police Department from 1983 to 2011. In 2007, she became the police chief.
Last month, Demings told Jonathon Capehart that she was “seriously considering” running for Senate or governor in Florida.
“I have received calls and texts and messages from people all over the state asking me to run because they feel that they are not represented, and their voices are not heard. And I believe that every Floridian deserves to have representation, regardless of the color of their skin, where they live, how much money they have in the bank, their sexual orientation, or their religion.
“I want to go to the position where I can do the most good and be the most effective and do the most work,” Demings said. “My home state of Florida deserves that. And so I’m taking my time. Of course, I’m talking to my family and others about it. And I’ll make a decision soon and I will definitely let you know.”
.@RepValDemings breaks news on The #SundayShow by confirming to @CapehartJ that she is "seriously considering" a run for governor of Florida, or a U.S. senator from #Florida. pic.twitter.com/ZgS4uDYn2m
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) April 25, 2021
An unnamed senior adviser told Politico Demings, 64, was “98.6%” certain to run against Rubio in the midterm elections next year.
“If I had to point to one” reason why Demings had decided to run, the adviser was quoted as saying, “I think it’s the Covid bill and the way Republicans voted against it for no good reason.
“Electing a Black woman to the US Senate this cycle is a top organizational priority and we are proud to stand with Val Demings,” Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, the co-founders of The Collective PAC, said. “There has never been a more crucial time for us to elect leaders who are committed to criminal justice reform, safeguarding voting rights and ensuring government officials are held accountable.”
The Collective PAC is an organization aimed at boosting Black representation in elected office.