Val Demings qualifies by petition for Orange County Mayor race

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Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings has collected enough valid signatures to qualify by petition for the Orange County Mayoral Election.

In a statement issued today, Demings said she beat incumbent Teresa Jacobs in the race to qualify for the August ballot.

Of the 6,907 referendum petitions required by Florida law, Demings submitted the signatures of more than 7,000 supporters, which she said was an indication of the grassroots strength in her campaign.    

 “The overwhelming support I’ve received in this campaign is truly heartwarming, and a testament to families living here who are disappointed with the lack of leadership and broken promises of the current mayor’s administration,” Demings said.

Petitions allow candidates to avoid the charge to qualify, which in Orange County is 6 percent of the annual salary of the office sought for partisan candidates, 4 percent for non-partisan candidates. Jacobs earns approximately $152,522.

Utilizing the petition method, Demings said she would build on the initial momentum and get her message to the voters. She is launching a field operation with volunteers this weekend with a Day of Action. 

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