Statement on Primary Election Result

Miami, FL – After winning the Democratic primary in Florida’s 26th Congressional District this Tuesday, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell released the following statement:

“First, I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make tonight a reality. This victory belongs to all of you.

“I joined this race over a year ago because our families are being left behind, and our values are being ignored by the Trump administration and by the Republican majority in Congress. Republicans like Carlos Curbelo have voted to take away health care from our communities, while giving handouts to the wealthiest Americans. They have done nothing to end gun violence in our country, while taking thousands of dollars from the NRA. This is not the way our country should be run. And our families deserve a representative who will be accountable to them, not their party or their donors.

“To that end, the next seventy days will be crucial. They will decide whether all the energy we’ve put into this campaign will turn into action, change and progress. They will decide whether we’ll finally be able to act on common-sense gun reform, sensible climate action and a real solution for DREAMers and immigrant families.

“And while it’s tempting to think a blue wave will carry all of us across the finish line, the reality is that we’ll have to earn every single vote in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

“I’m more than ready for that challenge.”


“Primero quisiera agradecer a todas las personas que han trabajado tan arduamente para asegurar este resultado. Esta victoria le pertenece a todos ustedes.

“Me lancé a esta contienda hace más de un año porque sé que nuestras familias en Florida se están quedando atrás, y que nuestros valores están siendo ignorados por la administración de Trump y por la mayoría republicana en el Congreso. Republicanos como Carlos Curbelo han votado para eliminar el acceso médico en nuestras comunidades, mientras regalan recortes de impuestos a los estadounidenses más ricos. No han hecho nada para detener la violencia de armas en nuestro país, mientras siguen aceptando miles de dólares de la NRA. Esta no es la forma en que nuestro gobierno debe funcionar. Y nuestras familias merecen un representante que les responda a ellos, en vez de a su partido o a sus donantes.

“En los próximos setenta días, nuestro esfuerzo será crucial. Debemos asegurar que toda la energía que hemos invertido en esta campaña se convierta en acción, cambio y progreso. Ese esfuerzo decidirá si finalmente lograremos aprobar una reforma de armas, un plan para batallar el cambio climático y una solución real para los DREAMers y para las familias inmigrantes.

“Aunque es fácil asumir que una ola azul nos llevará a todos a nuestra meta, la realidad es que tendremos que trabajar por cada voto en el Distrito 26 de Florida.

“Estoy lista para ese desafío”.


Statement on Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, FL – Debbie Mucarsel-Powell released the following statement after a gunman in Jacksonville, Florida, opened fire on a crowd on Sunday, killing and injuring several people during a video game tournament at the Jacksonville Landing (Spanish translation below):

“I’m deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy in Jacksonville. My heart goes out to the victims, survivors, and everyone affected by this shooting. As someone who lost her father to gun violence, I know the pain these victims’ families must be feeling. But families and victims deserve more than words of sympathy. They deserve action.

“Tragedies like these are all the more painful because we know they can be prevented. And to prevent them, we only need two things: political will and moral courage. There are common-sense policies we must enact now to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We have to put an end to this cycle of pain and bloodshed in our communities.”


“Estoy profundamente triste por la terrible tragedia en Jacksonville. Mis pensamientos están con las víctimas, con los sobrevivientes y con todos los afectados por este tiroteo. Yo perdí a mi padre en un ataque de violencia armada, y sé el dolor que deben sentir las familias de las víctimas. Pero estas familias y víctimas merecen algo más que palabras de simpatía. Ellos merecen acción.

“Estas tragedias se vuelven más dolorosas cuando sabemos que no hemos actuado para evitarlas. Y para evitarlas solo necesitamos dos cosas: voluntad política y valentía moral. Debemos aprobar reformas de sentido común para asegurar que las armas no caigan en las manos de personas peligrosas. Necesitamos acabar este ciclo de dolor y de sangre derramada en nuestras comunidades.”


State Rep. Javier Fernandez Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who is running to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), was endorsed this Wednesday by State Representative Javier Fernandez.

“Debbie is exactly the kind of representative South Florida needs: someone who is committed to ending gun violence and standing up for immigrants,” said Florida State Representative Javier Fernandez. “Every American deserves to have their voice heard in Washington, and I’m proud to support Debbie on her bid to become the voice of Florida’s 26th district.”

“I’m honored to have Javier Fernandez support as we take the fight for gun control to Congress,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “Voters in our community know that Congressman Curbelo is only looking to serve himself and his Republican donors in Washington. It’s quite simple: South Florida deserves better.”

Rep. Javier Fernandez was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a special election in 2018. He serves the constituents of District 114.


Press Release: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell raises over $500,000 in the First Quarter of 2018 to unseat Carlos Curbelo

April 10th, 2018

Madalyn Blackburn
(812) 259-4224
[email protected]

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell raises over $500,000 in the First Quarter of 2018 to unseat Carlos Curbelo

Miami, FL– Today, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Latina immigrant, mother, former Associate Dean of Florida International University College of Medicine, and candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District announced raising over $500,000 for the first quarter of 2018, bringing her total raised this cycle to over $920,000.

Debbie’s campaign is powered by over 3,537 individual contributions and currently has over $700,000 cash on hand.

“I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received from the 26th district and across Florida,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “Congressman Curbelo’s values do not align with our community: from voting to rip away health care from millions of Americans; to breaking his promise to DREAMers; to voting with Paul Ryan and Republican leadership 84% of the time. It is clear families across South Florida are ready for change and with our coalition of supporters, we will take back this seat for the people of Florida in November.”

Mucarsel-Powell has been recognized as a Red to Blue candidate by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – only 33 campaigns in the country have received the Red to Blue designation. Mucarsel-Powell has also received a number of endorsements locally and nationally. These include, EMILY’s List, CHC BOLD PAC, PODER PAC, Tri-State Maxed Out Women’s PAC, Common Defense, Engage PAC, End Citizens United, Latino Victory Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Progressive Caucus, former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, former Florida Education Commissioner Betty Castor, former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, former Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, former State Senator Daryl Jones, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congressman Pete Aguilar, State Senator Annette Taddeo, State Senator Oscar Braynon, State Representative Nick Duran, State Representative Lori Berman, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, Pinecrest Councilwoman Anna Hochkammer, Key West City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, Monroe County Mosquito Control Board Member Dr. Stan Zuba and South Bay Community Council Member Johnny Farias.

Debbie, the former Associate Dean of Advancement and Alumni Affairs for the Florida International University College of Medicine, is a first-generation American who immigrated to the United States with her family from Ecuador when she was a kid. Growing up, Debbie worked the early morning shift at a doughnut shop starting as a 15-year-old. Debbie has spent the last twenty-years dedicated to improving the lives of underserved communities in Miami-Dade, working for non-profit organizations such as the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation, and since 2003 at the College of Health at Florida International University and, since its inception, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Debbie has worked tirelessly to establish and grow the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU and improve healthcare access for more Floridians.