Today, nonprofit healthcare leader, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell announced her candidacy for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.
In front of the West Perrine Health Center surrounded by family and supporters Debbie Mucarsel-Powell issued the following statement: “I am proud to announce my candidacy for Congressional District 26.
I immigrated to the United States as a young girl with my mother and three sisters – in search of opportunities to better our lives. My mother worked tirelessly as a home health care provider and attended school in the evenings and weekends to learn English. She instilled in me the belief that if you work hard and play by the rules, your potential is endless in America. I lived those values — got a good education and built a successful twenty-year career working to improve the lives of underserved communities right here at home.
“However, the same opportunities that allowed my family to get ahead, are disappearing for far too many of us today. Life is getting more expensive and our paychecks are staying the same..When we stand here and demand a fair shot, we know that isn’t too much to ask.
“I’ve worked for the last decade to establish and grow NeighborhoodHELP, which has provided health care services to thousands of families in our community. It’s shocking that Washington politicians, like the one who claims to represent this community would vote to rip away health care access from our families.
That’s not what we want and it’s not what hardworking families like the one I grew up in need. We need to improve on what’s working and fix what’s broken in our healthcare system, not recklessly scrap the whole system and abandon people who need it the most.
“And through my work with the Coral Restoration Foundation, I’ve learned first-hand the impacts of Climate Change, and that we don’t have time to wait. We must invest in green energy, reduce carbon emissions and invest in infrastructure that will protect South Florida from sea level rise. We cannot continue to elect politicians that say one thing here at home and do another in D.C. – the issues are too big; the stakes are too high.”
To learn more about Debbie’s campaign, visit debbiemucarselpowell.com