Democrat Val Demings has won the endorsement of Teamsters Local 385 in her quest to be elected in Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

Demings, a former Orlando police chief, received the backing in part because of her long career at the police department.

“As a former union member during her days with the Orlando Police Department, Chief Val Demings knows first hand the important role a union plays in protecting and fighting for its members,” Teamsters Local 385 President Mike Stapleton stated. “Our diverse membership is made up of police officers, hospitality workers, truck drivers, food service employees and corrections officers. We are proud to support Chief Val Demings and we are confident that as our Congresswoman she will fight for the rights and interests of our thousands of Central Florida members.”

She is up against Bob Poe, Fatima Rita Fahmy and state Sen. Geraldine Thompson in an Aug. 30 Democratic primary. The Republican side has Thuy Lowe and Geoff LaGarde.

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