Florida Politics: “Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ad highlights immigrant roots: ‘We are one South Florida’”

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is out with her first TV ad in her campaign to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

The ad is named “One South Florida” and highlights Mucarsel-Powell’s immigrant roots along with the diversity of the community she seeks to represent.

“We have different stories and we come from different places,” says Mucarsel-Powell in the ad, which cuts to the faces of various people and families.

“But together, we are one community. I came to this country from Ecuador at 14 searching for a better life. With hard work, I found it. So I’ve always worked to give back.

“As associate dean at FIU, I helped those who couldn’t afford health care get it. I’m running for Congress now because our community needs someone ready to work for all of us.”

Mucarsel-Powell has also previously worked for non-profit organizations such as the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation and the Coral Restoration Foundation.

The ad is part of a six-figure buy on cable for the month of August. It comes the same day Curbelo went up with an ad of his own, attempting to highlight his record of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.

Mucarsel-Powell and the Democrats are hoping to flip this seat blue in November. Analysts say the race is a toss-up, and Mucarsel-Powell was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, which aims to support candidates in competitive districts throughout the midterms.

She’s competing with former naval officer Demetries Grimes for the Democratic nomination. The primary for CD 26, which covers portions of Miami-Dade County, will be held Aug. 28.

Mucarsel-Powell’s ad is below.