A new digital ad highlighting Democratic candidate Raquel Pacheco’s immigrant origins, military service and community work is now circulating to help sway Senate District 36 voters into choosing her over her incumbent Republican opponent.
Titled “Service,” the video tells Pacheco’s story as a child forced to flee from Angola alone to escape Fidel Castro’s communist regime, her enlistment and service in the Army National Guard — which earned her a historic “Soldier of the Year” nod — and her life now as a single mother and small business owner.
“My journey as an immigrant child, my military service, and my willingness to stand up to dictators and wannabe political tyrants here at home defines who I am,” Pacheco says in the video.
“As a veteran, I’m not afraid to take on tough fights, because that’s what service to our country means. I am running for the state Senate so we can fix a broken political system that gives false hope to working families and denies our children a strong public-school education. Higher insurance premiums, delays in gas tax cuts, divisive agendas — this is what Tallahassee has done for you.
“I’m Raquel Pacheco, and as your state Senator I will change that on Day 1. As a single mom and small business owner, I know what it takes to fight. And I am ready to fight for you.”