Florida District 26: REP, PVI R+06
Incumbent: Carlos Curbelo
Cash on Hand ($): $89,898
% of the total REP $ Raised:
Cash on Hand v. Opponent ($): 100%
Years in Office: 5
Assumed congressional office in 2015. Former Career: Public administrator, Miami-Dade County Public SchoolsBoard. Education: University of Miami. Currently resides in Kendall.Carlos Curbelo is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 26th Congressional District of Florida. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Cuban exiles. He attended the University of Miami, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration. Following college, he founded Capitol Gains, a media relations firm, and then in 2009 became the State Director for U.S. Sen. George LeMieux. In 2010, He was appointed to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization and elected to the Miami Dade County School Board. He was elected to Congress in 2014. Curbelo was part of a group of Republican members of Congress who said they would not endorse or vote for Donald Trump. Curbelo was ranked as the 11th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress and the third most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida. He is one of two Republican members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in the Congress. The Miami Herald wrote that Curbelo has "attempted to position himself as the national voice for Republicans who are concerned about climate change," describing him as "one of the few GOP voices speaking out against Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and his desire to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency." On May 4, 2017, he voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Explaining his vote, Curbelo said the AHCA was "not perfect, but that it was important for him to be a part of negotiations."
Challengers in FL 26
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell FL 26 (D)
Challenger (2018 Winner)
CASH ON HAND: $39,817
% OF TOTAL DEM $: 100%
SAME PARTY CHALLENGERS: 1
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States with her family as a young girl, working her first job at age 15 to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. Mucarsel-Powell has dedicated more than twenty years to improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. Mucarsel-Powell is running for Congress because the opportunities this country offered enabled her family to achieve the American Dream and those same opportunities are disappearing for too many families. Florida’s 26th district is one of the top swing districts in the country and Mucarsel-Powell has built a grassroots campaign that can turn this seat blue.