On Valentine’s Day, a group of progressive women leaders joined former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings for a series of Central Florida outreach and campaign events.

As a candidate for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, Demings is running for the seat currently held by Winter Garden Republican Daniel Webster.

Demings, along with Democratic Congresswomen Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Broward County’s Lois Frankel began the day at luncheon celebrating women’s accomplishments at Ember in downtown Orlando.

Following the reception was a tour of Edgewood Flowers, a locally owned and family operated floral shop on S. Orange Ave.

Later, the group met with diners at Chef Eddie’s Soul Food Restaurant in Parramore, speaking with owner-chef Eddie James about the challenges facing small businesses and restaurant owners in Central Florida.

In the crowded Democratic primary in CD 10, Demings will face state Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orlando, businessman Bob Poe and lawyer Fatima Rita Fahmy. Since entering the race last spring, Demings has enjoyed substantial Democratic establishment support, something troubling her Democratic rivals.

Redistricting has transformed CD 10 into what Roll Call is now rating a “safe Democratic” seat, leading Webster to decline a bid for re-election.

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