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Val Demings to run for Rep. Dan Webster's seat

From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

After losing a heavily contested race in 2012, former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings announced Monday she will run again next year for the congressional seat held by Republican Daniel Webster. The district, Congressional District 10, is expected to be substantially redrawn during a special legislative session that started last week and is scheduled to end Friday. The changes likely would make the district friendlier to Democratic candidates, such as Demings. Lawmakers are redrawing the state's congressional map after the Florida Supreme Court ruled last month that current districts violated anti-gerrymandering requirements. Demings did not discuss the possibility of a redrawn district in a statement issued Monday to announce her candidacy. "I hear from people everywhere, who are struggling to make ends meet, who fear injustice in the criminal justice system, and who want to be able to afford college for their kids,'' she said in the statement. "They want someone who won't shy away from addressing these issues head on. Just as I took on crime in Orlando by straight talk and bringing people together, I will work to move our state and country forward in Congress." Webster beat Demings in 2012 by a margin of 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent in a district that includes parts of Orange, Lake and Polk counties.

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