ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Florida State Senator Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, announced that she is entering the race for the United States Congress to try and unseat Republican Dan Webster in Florida's 10th Congressional District. To do so, she will first have to defeat former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings in a Democratic primary. Demings has been a national party favorite, but Senator Thompson did not seem to care when FOX 35 asked her about it.
"I don't think the party chooses who leads in Central Florida. I think it's Central Floridians who make that choice."
This would not be the first time Geraldine Thompson has taken on a big name in Central Florida Politics. She beat former State Senator Gary Siplin back in 2006, and has plans this time to question the experience of Val Demings. She also took a shot at Demings over her short lived run for Orange County Mayor.
"When I commit to a journey, I have a determination to see the journey through." "Because she got out of the Orange County Mayor's Race?" asked FOX 35's Mike Synan. "There are some people who are concerned about that," she replied.
Thompson also took current Congressman Dan Webster to task, saying he lives in a silo when it comes to this District. "He doesn't get out to mingle with the average individual, to mingle with the multi-cultural, ethnically diverse people, and I think that is also a quality, and a capability that I have."
Thompson cited increasing the minimum wage and immigration reform as two issues she would work to resolve in Washington, DC. The Florida 10th Congressional District has new court drawn lines that switch this seat to one that dramatically favors Democrats. It is unclear at this point if Congressman Webster will run for reelection in this district.