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 HillRepublicans fret over divisive candidates Lieu to Greene and Gosar: 'Take your nativist crap and shove it' Ex-Rep. Katie Hill: 'Gross' for Gaetz to invoke my name 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 FeinsteinLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Overnight Defense: Army moves to combat sexual crimes | Eight West Point cadets expelled | Democratic senators want to restrict F-35 sale to UAE MORE (D) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice Harris: Country must confront racial injustice after Chauvin verdict Minneapolis mayor on Floyd: 'Ultimately his life will have bettered our city' MORE (D), as well as Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNPR journalist discusses home affordability in California California Democrats weigh their recall options California opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up 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 PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' 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.