Debbie Murcarsel-Powell joined a Rural Neighborhoods-hosted, post-election get-together with local businesses and officials at Key West’s Waterfront Brewery on December 14th. Murcarsel-Powell takes office January 3rd as the nation’s first South-American born member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a strong advocate committed to protecting Florida’s 26th Congressional district against the impacts of climate change. Powell, a strong supporter of RN’s work, joined Executive Director Steven Kirk, real estate development partner and local restaurateur Joe Walsh, Key West Mayor Terri Johnston, Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley and several other business leaders to discuss critical issues, particularly the local economy’s unrivaled need for affordable housing. “It is significant to both Murcarsel-Powell’s work in our nation’s capital and our work in the district to better understand just how great the impact of affordable and workforce housing is on the economic success of local communities not simply our residents,” said Kirk.