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