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Val Demings, A Democrat, Has Officially Announced His Senate Campaign To Unseat Marco Rubio.
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Val Demings, A Democrat, Has Officially Announced His Senate Campaign To Unseat Marco Rubio.


Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings announced her candidacy for the Senate on Wednesday, aiming to unseat Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is serving his second term.

“I’ve never tired of representing Florida, not for a single moment,” Demings said in a video posted to Twitter, adding, “My mother always told me that when someone gives you the opportunity to do something big, don’t disappoint them. I’m running for the United States Senate because of two simple words: Never tire.”

Her announcement comes approximately two weeks after her advisers confirmed her intention to run.

I'm running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right, serving Florida, and doing good. Join my campaign today: https://t.co/rHVPBuSzKU pic.twitter.com/HuWB80Mrxh — Val Demings (@valdemings) June 9, 2021

Demings discussed the challenges she faced as a "poor, Black, and female" growing up in Jacksonville, as well as her rise from Orlando police officer to the department's first Black female police chief, in a three-minute video.

Demings, 64, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 to represent Florida's 10th Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Orlando. She gained national attention last year for her role in then-President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial, where she served on the House panel that charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“We brought law and order to a lawless president along the way,” Demings said in a video announcing her campaign.

“Unlike some in Washington, I never tire of standing up for what I believe is right, because no one is above the law,” she continued, as photos of Rubio appeared in the video. “However, it turns out that some in Washington prefer the same old, tired ways of doing business.”

Demings had considered running for governor in the state, but ultimately decided she would be more effective in the Senate, Politico reported in May, citing Democrats familiar with her thinking.

“What makes her special, aside from being a Black woman at a time when both are popular, is her impeachment role,” Mac Stipanovich, a Republican consultant in Florida for decades who left the party due to Trump, told Stardia last month. “That is what gives her national chops. She grappled with the dragon in defense of democracy.”

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