A former police chief, the former state Democratic Party chairman, an incumbent state senator and a political newcomer are vying to represent an Orlando-area congressional district reshaped so drastically the Republican incumbent decided to run in a new, neighboring district.

Florida’s 10th Congressional District now favors Democrats after redistricting. So Republican Rep. Daniel Webster, a Christian conservative, chose to run for an open seat in the neighboring 11th District, a more conservative, rural area west of Orlando and north of Tampa.

The newly-drawn 10th District covers western parts of the Orlando metro area. Less than half the district’s registered voters are Democratic, more than a quarter are Republican and more than a quarter have no party affiliation.

For the most part, the Democratic candidates have very few ideological differences. But the Democratic field is among the most diverse in recent memory, including two African-American women, a gay man and a woman whose family emigrated from Brazil. The winner of the Aug. 30 primary will face Republican Thuy Lowe, a Vietnamese-American who is running unopposed in the primary.

Val Demings, Orlando’s first woman police chief, is the favorite of Washington Democratic power brokers. Demings narrowly lost to Webster in 2012 when the district leaned Republican.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has held fundraisers for Demings, and Demings shared a stage with Pelosi and female lawmakers as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. She referred to the Pulse nightclub massacre in her speech. She talked about “the tragedy that gun violence inflicts on America” and lamented Congress’ failure to take action after the fatal shooting of 49 patrons at the club.

Some of Demings’ Democratic opponents resent the help she’s getting from national party officials.

The national party “has already decided to put their thumb on the scale for their favorite candidate,” Fatima Rita Fahmy said at a recent candidates’ forum. Fahmy is an attorney and first-time political candidate.

As the former chairman of the state Democratic Party, Bob Poe has deep party ties in Florida and has the most money of all the candidates in the crowded field. If elected, he would be the first openly HIV-positive member of Congress. As of the end of June, Poe had raised just under $2 million, mostly from loans he made to his campaign. By comparison, Deming had raised nearly $1 million, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson had raised nearly $200,000 and attorney Fatima Rita Fahmy had raised nearly $20,000.

“I don’t go to Washington in debt to any special interest,” Poe said at a recent candidates’ forum. “The voters of District 10 are going to be my special interest.”

Thompson has a decade-long record as a respected state lawmaker. “I’m a workhorse, not a showhorse,” she said at the candidates’ forum.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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  1. NOEL CHRIST

    UNITED STATES –
    Location: KANSAS CITY MISSOURI –
    THIS IS A NATIONAL BROADCAST(AMBER) FRAUD ALERT WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CONCERNED CITIZENS-ONLINE INVESTIGATORS CONSPIRACY THEORISTS

    Fact check the KCMO May 2005,Erica Green murder investigation,-a number of things are wrong with the state’s case perpetrated by smiling faces at the kc star newspaper fox 4 wdaf and the missing & exploited -the official account by broadcasters may be false-specifically the CGCS or “Computor Generated Composite Sketch”of the little girl initially identified in the media on April 28,2001,described as having bright eyes “cornrolls” styled braided hair -a chipped tooth and a slight smile re-named “Precious Doe”- and also the Frank Bender lookalike bust

    Review the case with these facts in mind:
    Why would the United States Government and the good people at the (DOJ/DOD) in 2003,commission a second bust to in effect replace the first -that just so happens to share a mirror likeness of the so-called composite sketch”released by the police”?

    Although It was widely reported the victim had been murdered and decapitated-some 24-48 hours before her corpse was found – and that her skull(EG) was missing -the focus of a three day search from 4/28/2001-5/1/2001-by authorities and civilians-that didn’t stop Fox (the bad people)from circulating within a few hours of authorities finding the child’s gruesome remains on April 28,2001,what Fox News wdaf described as a “Computor Generated Composite Sketch” of the headless murder victim -go-figure!???????????!

    Another point and this should illuminate what clearly appears to be an act of 911 “Technology Fraud” – The computor technology capable of creating or rendering images of the human face from scratch with the detailed “life like”realism depicted in the so-called “composite sketch” (I regret to inform you) did not exist at that time-only in recent years has it become possible though requires both special graphics software and hardware to accomplish
    Do not take my word for it- check it out for yourselves – please do your own comparisons -and report your findings to the appropriate Law enforcement agencies

    Hint:
    Though it should be obvious-It would stand to reason If there is something wrong with the bust-there’s probably something wrong with the so-called “composite sketch” the Missing and Exploited claim in a May 2001,KC Star newspaper article was–“not a picture of a real person”-but an image created by computor

    THIS IS A NATIONAL BROADCAST FRAUD ALERT WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Val Demings

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