A major public services union is backing former Orlando police Chief Val Demings' bid for Florida's 10th Congressional District, her campaign announced Tuesday.
Demings said in a statement she was "very honored and humbled" to win the backing of the Service Employees International Union Florida, which represents more than 55,000 active and retired workers in the state.
"Tens of thousands of workers here in Central Florida and beyond are fighting to provide a decent life for their families while making minimum wage," Demings said. "Their concerns are important to me and I am committed to working alongside SEIU in Congress to fight for livable wages, protect social security and medicare, and work to increase access to quality education."
In a statement released by Demings' campaign, SEIU Florida President Monica Russo called Demings "an advocate for working families."
"Chief Val Demings is the most prepared candidate to take on the challenges facing Congressional District 10. Our members are proud to endorse her," Russo said. "Val knows hardship. From very humble beginnings, she worked hard and shattered records of achievement, never forgetting to reach back and help people in need."
Original Story on Orlando Sentinel.