Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) is the first South American immigrant member of Congress. Rep. Mucarsel-Powell has been a vocal supporter of gun control and has voiced her approval of providing TPS for Venezuelan immigrants, and is set to face a difficult general election later this year.
This week, during Univision’s Al Punto, the freshman Florida Democrat was profiled, discussing how she is the first Ecuadorian immigrant to be elected to Congress and also the goals she has set for herself to achieve in 2020 and beyond.
However, her reelection campaign coincides with a turbulent presidential election that finds Democrats fighting for the future of the party. With Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) looking to steer the party into the future, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell formally endorsed Vice President Biden in his bid for the White House.
In 2016, President Trump carried the state of Florida to his victory, and he will need to do so again if he’s to maintain the White House red. Considering that Rep. Mucarsel-Powell supported impeaching the president while many Americans did not, this is likely to generate voter turnout in 2020.
Her support for impeachment will undoubtedly be the focal point of national Republicans and her Republican congressional opponent.
Currently, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Irina Vilariño are they only two viable candidates vying for the Republican nomination in that congressional seat.