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

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.