Four Democrats have stepped up to seek their party's nomination in this district, which runs from west Orlando to the western border of Orange County. The winner will square off against Republican Thuy Lowe. As in the Ninth District, the 10th District Democratic race features a state legislator – Sen. Geraldine Thompson – who has been a good representative for the area. But we give the edge in this race to another candidate, Val Demings, for her record of leadership under fire as Orlando's top cop.
In a 27-year law-enforcement career, Demings worked her way up the ranks of the Orlando Police Department to become its first black female chief. Violent crime dropped under her leadership.
She was in charge when the city's budget was slashed during the Great Recession, yet managed to avoid taking officers on the street. Succeeding within tight fiscal constraints is an enviable skill in Congress.
Demings gained familiarity with the 10th District and its needs when she narrowly lost the race under its former, more GOP-friendly boundaries to Webster in 2012. She impressed her party's congressional leadership enough that they have lined up behind her candidacy this year. Demings' opponents have tried to use that party support against her – as if they wouldn't love to have it themselves.
There's much in common between the campaign platforms of Demings and her three Democratic opponents – Thompson, former Florida Democratic Chairman Bob Poe and lawyer Fatima Fahmy. But based on her track record of tough, smart leadership, Demings is the best choice for Democratic voters.
Original Story on Orlando Sentinel.