Demings files paperwork to challenge Rubio

U.S. Rep. Val Demings speaks during the NAACP 5114 Marion County Branch Jubilee Program at the Greater New Hope Church in Silver Springs Shores on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

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Posted June 2, 2022 | By News Service of Florida

Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings formally filed paperwork Tuesday in her bid to unseat two-term U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Speaking to reporters before turning in qualifying papers in Tallahassee, Demings said Rubio’s politics are out of touch with Floridians and that he has taken the wrong stance on hot-button issues of abortion access and gun control.

“If there is legislation on the table that is good for Florida, and when I say good for Florida, that means Floridians, I am going to support that legislation,” Demings, a former Orlando police chief, said. “If it is bad for Florida or bad for Floridians, I am not going to support that. Time and time again, we have seen Florida’s senior senator (Rubio) play political games.”

Demings has represented parts of Central Florida in Congress since 2017. The formal qualifying period for this year’s elections is June 13 to June 17, though candidates can file paperwork starting this week.