‘Republicano’ Carlos Curbelo launches new family-centered TV ads in CD 26 race

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Republican candidate Carlos Curbelo announced the first TV ads — in both Spanish and English — for his campaign in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Curbelo, a small business owner and Miami-Dade County School Board member, is the favored Republican to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia for the seat covering southwestern Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County.

The two 30-second spots, “Gran Comunidad” and “Too Long,” introduce Curbelo and his family, and are to present the Miami native as the best person to represent CD 26.

“It’s not easy to clean up the mess when it’s been sitting for too long,” Curbelo says in the English language ad. “Like corrupt politicians. They get rich. We get forgotten. We need new leaders who will look out for Florida families, not themselves.”

In “Gran Comunidad,” Curbelo — as a “Republicano” — also appears with family, friends and supporters.

“As the son of exiles, I’m proud of what my parents and their generation have accomplished,” he says. “I want the same for my daughters. That’s why I have worked to improve education. Washington needs better ideas and someone who will represent you with integrity.”

“Gran Comunidad” will appear on Spanish language broadcast stations throughout the district, while “Too Long” will also run on cable networks in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Curbelo, 34, is a graduate of the University of Miami and elected in 2010 to the Miami-Dade School Board.

He has endorsements from former Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

“Too Long” is available on YouTube here. “Gran Comunidad” is also on YouTube and is available here.

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