California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat

California state Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) is launching her first TV ad for her bid to fill a House seat vacated by former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race Republican flips House seat in California special election MORE (D-Calif.).

The new ad titled "Access," exclusively shared with The Hill Wednesday, focuses primarily on access to health care. The Democrat shares the story of her mother, a lifelong nurse, who died after being unable to afford insulin to treat her diabetes and heart disease. 

“I’ll work with both parties to make health care affordable, protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower drug costs,” Smith says in the ad. “My mom couldn’t afford the medicine and care she needed, I’m running for Congress to make sure you can.” 


The ad will air districtwide on TV as well as on digital platforms. Combined, it’s a six-figure ad campaign. 

Smith backs a plan to create a “public health insurance option for anyone who wants it,” according to her campaign website. 

Health care has been a highly debated topic heading into the 2020 elections, with Democratic candidates' races up and down the ballot proposing various degrees of public health care options.

The state assemblywoman is the most prominent Democrat running in California’s 25th Congressional District race. She is backed by California Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLet's support and ensure the safety of workers risking so much for us Congress eyes changes to small business pandemic aid Graham announces vote on subpoenas for Comey, Obama-era intel officials MORE (D) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D), as well as Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia to allow places of worship to reopen, in-store retail shopping to resume The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order MORE (D). 

Smith faces several challengers, including progressive founder of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur, as a Democrat, as well as several Republicans. 

GOP candidates in the field include former Rep. Steve KnightStephen (Steve) Thomas KnightThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Pelosi touts T bill as Fauci stresses go-slow openings The Hill's Campaign Report: A Los Angeles House seat is in play for Republicans Democrats on edge over California special election nail-biter MORE (Calif.), whom Hill unseated in 2018 and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosRepublicans plow ahead with Russia origins probe AG Barr just signaled that things are about to get ugly for the Russia collusion team Free Roger Stone MORE, who served 12 days in prison after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Candidates from both parties will be on the same ballot on March 3, the day of the California congressional and presidential primaries. If no candidate secures a simple majority, the top two candidates will advance to a May 12 election.