U.S. Senate candidate Val Demings led a parade of villagers in their golf carts Monday morning at the Sumter County Service Center to drop off their early ballots.
More than 200 supporters with decorated golf carts gathered in the parking lot of the Eisenhower Recreation Center to hear the Democratic nominee challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on November 8.
She promised to maintain and strengthen both social security and health insurance. The Orlando congresswoman pointed to the differences between her votes to make drugs more affordable for seniors and Rubio’s votes against such efforts. She noted that her opponent has sponsored a bill to roll back the affordable prescription drug bill. She claimed her opponent received millions of dollars from drug companies to keep drug prices inflated.
Demings also claimed that Rubio had received more than $2 million from gun manufacturers, persuading him to vote against common sense gun legislation.
The crowd applauded her pledge to uphold a woman’s right to control her own body without government interference. Demings criticized both Rubio and U.S. Senator Rick Scott for endorsing a plan that could lead to the destruction of Social Security and Medicare.
After Demings’ stump speech, she got into a golf cart and led a parade of golf carts that made their way to the Sumter County Service Center where they were greeted by Election Supervisor William Keen and his team who collected the ballots from the villagers.