Democrat Val Demings posted an impressive $160,000 in fundraising during the third quarter of her bid for Congress. Demings has only been in the race for Florida’s 10th Congressional district for 45 days.

“My campaign for Congress is about economic equality and standing up for working families in Central Florida by investing in public education, improving our criminal justice system, and ensuring we have strong national security,” Demings said. “I am very proud of the broad, grassroots support my campaign has received in the weeks following my announcement.”

Of the total funds raised to date, which is the entire $160,000 this report, 77 percent of the contributions were less than $300 and most came from local donors.

Demmings, a former Orlando police chief, is running to replace Republican Dan Webster for the redrawn District 10 House seat. The district Webster defeated Demmings to represent used to favor conservative voters. With redrawn lines, it’s now a Democratic-leaning district.

Another Democrat, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, is also running for the seat. Thompson just announced her bid this week.

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Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle was reporting for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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