Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings launched a bid for Senate on Wednesday, aiming to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.
Demings, formerly chief of Orlando police, was on President Joe Biden’s list of potential running mates, helping to increase her national profile.
“When you grow up in the South poor, black, and female, you have to have faith, and progress, and opportunity,” Demings, 64, says in her announcement video.
She documents her journey from being the daughter of a janitor and a maid in Jacksonville to joining the police force in Orlando and working her way up while being a “working mom.”
Talking over a compilation of photos of Rubio with former President Donald Trump and other politicians such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Demings then takes aim at the incumbent, accusing Rubio of being “too tired to fight the efforts