July 7, 2016
Chief Val Demings, candidate for Florida's 10th Congressional District, again demonstrated she is the strongest candidate in the race at the Orange County Democrats candidate forum Thursday Night. Chief Demings won the straw poll by a landslide with 83 votes; the closest opponent had 33 votes.
"It was a spirited and lively discussion about some of the critical issues facing Central Floridians," said Chief Val Demings, "I appreciate the effort put into this debate by the Orange County Democrats Executive Committee and the two debate moderators for asking the tough questions. This was a great opportunity to share what I plan to do in Congress, and talk about my record as a leader, which shows why I am the most qualified leader in this race. I think the crowd saw that, and the straw poll points to that. I appreciate everyone for the overwhelming support I received."
This is the second debate of the primary election in the 10th Congressional District. The former Orlando Police Chief holds a strong lead over her three opponents in the polls. A survey by Public Policy Polling showed Demings with a 22-point lead over State Senator Geraldine Thompson, and a 37-point lead over Bob Poe. The newly redrawn District 10 is a safe Democratic seat with a D+10 performance. Demings has strong local and national backing that includes Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"Chief Demings is battle tested, she didn't run just when this district was easy for a democrat to win, she ran when it was hard in 2012," said the campaign's Communications Director Caroline Rowland. "For the second time in one week, Chief Demings outperformed her opponents in a debate, and the straw poll done Thursday night shows it clearly, Chief Demings is the only leader in this race to understand the issues facing Central Floridians."