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 HillHouse GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address 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 FeinsteinDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Democrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' MORE (D) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (D), as well as Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on the homeless: 'We own this issue' California moves to allow voters to switch party registration on Election Day GOP lawmaker accuses California public pension fund of investing in blacklisted Chinese companies 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 KnightCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (Calif.), whom Hill unseated in 2018 and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFree Roger Stone A tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat 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.