Val Demings

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Val Demings
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 10
Bachelor'sFlorida State University
Master'sWebster University
ProfessionFormer Chief of Orlando Policy Department
Campaign website
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Val Demings was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Florida. Demings ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] She was defeated by Daniel Webster on November 6, 2012.[2]



  • Florida State University, B.S. in Criminology
  • Webster University, Master's degree in Public Administration


Demings spent her early career as a Social Worker focused on foster care. She then joined the police force in Orlando.[3] Demings worked for 27 years with the Orlando police force, with 3.5 years as the Chief of Police before retiring.[3]


Campaign themes


  • Jobs
  • Wall Street Reform
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Budget/Deficit
  • Women



See also: Florida's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

The DCCC attempted to recruit Demings to challenge Webster in a rematch. However, Demings decided to instead run for Orange County mayor in 2014.[4]


See also: Florida's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Demings ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 10th District. Demings won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[5] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012. The primary took place on August 14, 2012. Incumbent Daniel Webster was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. Demings ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] She was defeated by Daniel Webster on November 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Florida District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Webster Incumbent 51.7% 164,649
     Democratic Val Demings 48.3% 153,574
     Independent Naipaul Seegolam 0% 46
Total Votes 318,269
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Demings' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Demings lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Demings' campaign committee raised a total of $1,938,874 and spent $1,937,768.[7]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Val Demings outraising Republican incumbent Daniel Webster in the third quarter. Demings raised $503,000 to Webster's $207,000.[8]


Demings’ husband, Jerry, is also law enforcement in Orlando, and is currently serving as the Sheriff of surrounding Orange County.[3]

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