Democratic candidate Oz Vazquez is releasing his first television ad of the cycle as he competes for a chance to unseat GOP U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in November.
Vazquez is battling former Navy JAG Officer Pam Keith in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Mast is facing a primary challenge from retired police sergeant Nick Vessio.
The new ad is set to run Tuesday.
“Raised in Port Saint Lucie, Oz was the first in his family to graduate college,” the ad’s narrator begins.
“When his dad got sick, Oz’s family relied on Social Security and Medicare to get by. In Congress, Oz will make protecting our Social Security and Medicare his top priority and work to finally bring down prescription drug costs for all Florida families.”
“Vote Oz Vazquez for Congress,” the ad concludes.
Vazquez is a lawyer with experience working as a Deputy Solicitor General in Florida. He has attempted to position himself as a Democrat who can appeal to both sides of the aisle.
Last month, Vazquez managed to nab a coveted endorsement from the Florida chapter of the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO is the largest federation of unions in the country. In early June, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy also endorsed Vazquez. Murphy previously represented CD 18 before mounting an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid.
Still, Vazquez trails Keith in the latest fundraising numbers, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission last week. Keith raised more than $185,000 from April 1-June 30, compared to just over $108,000 for Vazquez. Keith also leads in cash on hand by a $136,000 to $90,000.
The 2020 party primaries will be held Aug. 18, with the winners advancing to the Nov. 3 general election.