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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Continues to Unite Florida Democrats with Phil Ehr Endorsement

Oct 18, 2023


October 18, 2023


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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Continues to Unite Florida Democrats with Phil Ehr Endorsement

MIAMI – Today, former U.S. Navy Commander Phil Ehr endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for U.S. Senate, citing her strong record of serving Floridians and the importance of defeating Rick Scott next November.

“I am proud to endorse Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Florida’s Senate race against extremist Rick Scott,” said Phil Ehr. “I am supporting Debbie due to her dedication to serving the people of Florida, both in the House of Representatives, and in her work with the Gifford’s organization to end gun violence across Florida. To defeat the extremist Republicans in the House and the Senate it is critical that we work together to ensure our elected officials represent our Florida values. There is no doubt that when Florida Democrats work together like Debbie and myself we are laying the critical groundwork to deliver a big win here in Miami Dade county and across the state.”

“I’m excited and honored by this new support for our campaign from a distinguished veteran,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “Phil’s time in the Navy is a testament to his commitment to American ideals that we care deeply about: freedom, democracy, hard work, and courage. I’m glad that he is stepping up to run for Congress in Miami and the Keys, and I’m confident Phil will take those values to Congress.”

Previous polling has shown Debbie Mucarsel-Powell leading Rick Scott. Debbie’s grassroots campaign includes endorsements from leaders across Florida, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC, EMILY’S List, Giffords PAC, and League of Conservation Voters.


About Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell came to the U.S. from South America at a young age with her mom and sisters, fleeing violence and searching for a better life.

While her mother worked double shifts as a home health care provider, Debbie worked at a doughnut shop to help her family make ends meet. After working her way through high school and college, Debbie worked as the Associate Dean at Florida International University’s Colleges of Health and Medicine. While at FIU, Debbie helped lead a program to expand access to affordable healthcare to more Floridians.

Serving in Congress, Debbie fought to expand opportunity for every American. Debbie wrote the bill to expand seniors’ Medicare Advantage coverage, and she worked with Republicans to provide economic relief to families and small businesses, and secured $200 million for Everglades restoration. When Debbie was 24, she tragically lost her father to gun violence, and she has been a lifelong advocate for reducing crime and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

Now, Debbie is running for the U.S. Senate because our democracy, our economy, and our rights are all on the line — and Senator Rick Scott has failed Floridians. Florida is one of the least affordable states in the nation, but Senator Rick Scott wants to raise taxes on our families and end Social Security and Medicare coverage. As someone who takes care of her elderly mother, Debbie will always fight to protect Medicare, Social Security, and access to quality, affordable healthcare.

And while Rick Scott has pushed for a national abortion ban, and even cosponsored a bill that would criminalize doctors and nurses, Debbie will protect the rights of women and families and work to sign Roe v. Wade into law.

Debbie and her husband Robert live in Miami and have three children, Willow, Jude and Siena, two dogs, Spike and Kali, and a bunny named Ashanti.

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