Volume 8 Leadership Edition Nesterine Blair | Page 46



al Demings rose from humble beginnings to achieve the American Dream . She was the first person in her family to attend college , became a social worker and then a police officer , rising to become Orlando ’ s first female Police Chief , where she drove down violent crime by 40 percent .
Now , Chief Demings is running for the U . S . Senate to fight for every Floridian to have that same opportunity to live the American Dream .
Jobs and the economy As a Member of Congress , Val Demings works to ensure anyone willing to work hard can find a job that does more than just pay the bills — a job that can help build a better life for your children . That ’ s why she worked with Republicans and Democrats to deliver relief funding for Florida ’ s small businesses during the pandemic , and why she championed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create thousands of new , good-paying jobs in Florida .
Healthcare The Chief will fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs , and stand up the special interests who want to undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or asthma .
During this global pandemic , Demings has been a leader promoting the vaccine as the single best tool we have to keep each other healthy , and to keep our economy and schools open .
Public Safety As a former 27-year law enforcement officer , Chief Val Demings is a no-nonsense , tough-on-crime leader who knows how to keep our communities safe . As Orlando Police Chief , Val Demings oversaw a 40 % drop in violent crime . In Congress , the Chief has fought to increase funding for our law enforcement officers , so communities across Florida can have the resources they need to hire more officers and keep us all safe .
Housing Housing is simply too expensive for too many Floridians . From Pensacola to Key West , Floridians are struggling to pay the rent or mortgage . Many others can ’ t save nearly enough to afford a down payment on a home of their own . Chief Demings knows this is unacceptable , and in the U . S . Senate she will work to address the unaffordability of housing in Florida . That ’ s why she ’ s worked to cut middle class taxes , and fought for increased funding for affordable housing in the federal budget . n
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