Chief Demings believes that everyone deserves equal access to quality education regardless of the color of their skin or the zip-code they live in. In Congress she will work to ensure that all of our young people graduate from high school college-bound or workforce-ready. She believes anyone who wants to go to college should be able to, and should be able to graduate and enter the profession of their choice, without facing crushing student loan debt.
As the daughter of a maid and a janitor, Val knows how important it is to have jobs offering livable wages in our community. She is committed to promoting policies designed to create and retain good-paying jobs in our changing global economy, and investing in technology training and STEM education for our workforce. Chief Demings is committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors. She will fight to ensure that our seniors who want to retire, can do so with the respect and dignity they deserve.
During her tenure as Chief of Police Val Demings reduced violent crime in Orlando by 40% She credits this unprecedented success to improved relationships between the police, community leaders, and the public they serve. Chief Demings created innovative programs like Operation Positive Direction, a mentoring program that empowers at-risk students through tutoring, community service, and positive incentives. She also launched Operation Free Palms, a project focusing on rejuvenating Orlando's most crime-ridden housing complex, the Palms Apartments. Collaborating with city officials and faith leaders, this initiative included increasing access to childcare, building playgrounds, a GED program, and job skills training to improve the quality of life in Orlando’s most distressed community. Chief Demings will bring this experience to Washington, helping to push policies that will reduce gun violence and create safer neighborhoods.