Carlos Curbelo

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Carlos Curbelo
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 26
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
Master'sUniversity of Miami
BirthdayMarch 1, 1980
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Campaign website
Carlos Curbelo campaign logo
Carlos Curbelo (b. March 1, 1980, in Miami, Florida) is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He won the Republican nomination in the 26th Congressional District of Florida.[1][2]


Curbelo earned both his bachelor's degree in business administration and his master's degree in public administration from the University of Miami. Following college, he founded Capitol Gains, a media relations firm. Curbelo became the State Director for U.S. Sen. George LeMieux in 2009 and was appointed to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2010. He was also elected to the Miami Dade County School Board in 2010.[3]


Campaign themes


Curbelo's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Economy: "The weak economic recovery is leaving too many people behind. Young people cannot find work after college, millions are employed part-time despite needing full-time work to sustain their families, and wages are stagnant across the board. Unfortunately our economy is the victim of self-inflicted wounds like the 30 hour work week under Obamacare, increased regulation, and an unsustainable fiscal policy which relies on deficit spending to fund the government. Every day, it seems like there is less incentive for people to work in our country."
  • Healthcare: "My neighbors in District 26 want a quality healthcare system at an affordable cost. The President’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has increased the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans and is threatening our economic recovery. A law that gives the IRS an outsized role in our healthcare system, considers 30 hours a full work week, and cuts funding for Medicare is at best, deeply flawed."
  • Taxes: "We must reform our tax system. We need fewer and lower marginal tax rates for all Americans and a reduced corporate tax rate which lead to more job creation and a dynamic recovery. We should close all special interest loopholes and increase the child tax credit for working families raising dependent children. "
  • Entitlement Reform: "We must keep the promise of Social Security to current beneficiaries and begin reforming the program, so that it can serve younger generations of Americans. Beginning in 2021, program costs are projected to exceed income, shrinking the trust funds. This threatens the future of Social Security and the quality of life of future retirees. As Baby Boomers enroll in Medicare, it too is facing serious challenges. The program’s hospital insurance trust fund will be insolvent in 2026. That’s just twelve years away and means an uncertain future for younger Americans. These programs require bold decisions and innovative reforms that will guarantee their existence for rising generations of Americans."
  • Foreign Policy: "Every day the world is more unstable. The Middle East is in chaos with Israel under attack by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, and radical Islamist extremists seeking to form a new country in which they will be able to operate freely. Syria continues disintegrating and Iran is only buying time in order to continue their nuclear program. Meanwhile Vladimir Putin is invading countries in Eastern Europe and was obviously involved in the downing of a commercial airliner, killing almost 300 innocent people. Putin is also rebuilding old Soviet-era alliances."
  • Immigration: "Our nation like any other nation has the right and the duty to secure its borders. We must know who is coming into and who is leaving our country, and we must insist that all border traffic be legal. The recent influx of unaccompanied children has exposed the challenges we face at the US-Mexico border. This must be addressed. We also have to reform our visa system. Nearly half of all the people living in our country illegally have overstayed their visas. It is unacceptable for a great nation like ours to be incapable of tracking visa holders."


—Carlos Curbelo's campaign website,



See also: Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Florida's 26th Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Joe Garcia faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Carlos Curbelo triumphed over Ed MacDougall, Joe Martinez, Lorenzo Palomares Starbuck and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera. Garcia and Curbelo will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Curbelo to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[7][8]


  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart endorsed Curbelo on May 13, 2014.[9]
    • Diaz-Balart stressed Curbelo’s “strong sense of integrity” and “commitment to government transparency,” a subtle contrast to Garcia and Rivera who have been scandal-plagued in recent years.[9]
    • "Carlos' dedication to public service is something I truly admire. I have always known him to be respectful and have a strong sense of integrity. His time serving on the Miami Dade County School Board has proven his effective leadership and commitment to government transparency and fiscal responsibility, both of which Florida's residents deserve. I proudly stand with Carlos in his candidacy for the 26th Congressional District,” Diaz-Balart said.[9]
U.S. House, Florida District 26 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Curbelo 47% 13,861
Ed MacDougall 25.3% 7,455
Joe Martinez 17.4% 5,136
David Rivera 7.5% 2,209
Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck 2.8% 824
Total Votes 29,485
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Curbelo's reports.[10]

Carlos Curbelo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[11]October 16, 2013$0.00$451,931.53$(43,762.96)$408,168.57
Year End[12]January 31, 2014$408,168$191,658$(46,084)$553,741
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$553,741$310,223$(71,435)$792,530
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$792,530$306,213$(214,714)$884,028
Pre-Primary[15]August 14, 2014$884,028$49,139$(295,136)$638,032
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2014$638,032$457,170$(589,640)$505,561
Running totals

Curbelo's campaign announced on October 7, 2013, that it raised over $450,000 during the quarter that ended on September 30, 2013, with a cash-on-hand balance of approximately $420,000.[17]


Curbelo and his wife, Cecilia, have two children.[3]

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