Ayala, Bracy, Jackson announce run for Val Demings’ congressional seat

Demings says she is ‘seriously considering’ vying for US Senate seat

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for U.S. Rep. Val Demings’ seat in Congress.

Demings said in a May 18 tweet she is “seriously considering” running for the U.S. Senate next year against Republican Marco Rubio.

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The most recent candidate to announce their run for Congress is former Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala, whose announcement came in a YouTube video early Wednesday morning.

“And since the fifth grade, I knew my calling was summed up with one word: justice,” Ayala said in the video. “... Now I’m running for Congress because the fight for justice, for all of us, continues.”

She later tweeted Wednesday she plans to run for Florida’s 10th district.

Ayala’s announcement follows two others who announced Tuesday they are also running for Congress.

Current state Sen. Randolph Bracy said he is entering the race for Florida’s 10th district, assuming Demings moves ahead with plans to run for Senate. Civil Rights Attorney Natalie Jackson also announced Tuesday she is looking to fill Demings’ congressional seat.

On the Republican side, online documentation shows that Dr. Willie Montague is also running for the seat. He was defeated by Vennia Francois in the August primary. Francois then lost to Demings in November.

Demings, 64, the Orlando police chief from 2007 to 2011 and wife of Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, gained national recognition as a House prosecutor in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.