The United Food and Commercial Workers union announced Friday that it is endorsing Democrat Val Demings in the race for Florida’s 10th Congressional District.
“The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is one of the most dynamic and active labor unions in the country, and we need a dynamic local champion like Val Demings,” said Local 1625 President Ed Chambers. “We support Val because she sees the tremendous contributions of workers as the economic backbone of our community, and never hesitates to lend her voice to the ongoing fight for social and economic justice.
Demings said she was honored by the endorsement and is “committed to continuing to advocate for workers throughout Central Florida.”
“As the daughter of a janitor and a cleaning woman, I saw firsthand the value that hardworking individuals bring to our community, and I couldn’t be more excited to have UFCW stand with me,” she said.
Demings, former Orlando police chief, is the Democratic frontrunner for the Orlando-area seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster. Redrawn congressional districts have given Democrats a 10-point advantage and Webster is expected to shift his campaign over to CD11.
A poll Demings’ campaign commissioned from Public Policy Polling earlier this month showed her with a 20-point lead over her closest Democratic competitor, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson.