NAPLES — A familiar face is joining the race to represent part of Collier County in Congress.
“I’m running because I’ve gotten thousands of calls from folks, working people in the district having a tough time, they need help and they need representation,” Garcia said in an interview with the Naples Daily News Tuesday. “Obviously this is a tough decision for my family and myself. It’s a tremendous sacrifice, but we want to help. We want to be part of the solution, not of the problem.”
In a YouTube video released today Garcia, surrounded by his wife of 18 years, Aileen, and 12-year-old daughter Gaby, 12, said that his top priorities are to create jobs, fully-fund schools and cut the deficit.
“We need leaders that will take a stand, do what’s right. My wife and I have a young daughter and we see what’s happening in our community. Too many families are out of work, taxes are too high and many families are one diagnosis away from bankruptcy,” said Garcia in the YouTube announcement and in written statement. “We can’t send to Washington the same Tallahassee politicians that raised taxes by $2 billion in the middle of a recession and created the worst fiscal disaster in Florida’s history. Our children deserve every opportunity previous generations had — that’s why I’m running for Congress.”
He resigned from his post as the Energy Department’s Director of the Office of Economic Impact, to run for Congress in Florida’s 25th district.
In 2008, Garcia came close to defeating then incumbent Diaz-Balart for the District 25 seat, which spans Western Miami-Dade, Eastern Collier and mainland Monroe counties.
According to the Florida Division of Elections Web site, as of Tuesday Garcia will face Miami Democrat Luis A. Rivera in the August primary.
Meanwhile the Republican primary for District 25 includes state Rep. David Rivera, who represents part of Collier County in his district; Homestead resident Edward Bollinger; Miami resident Paul Crespo; and Naples resident James Patrick Guerrero.
Also in the running for the seat are two other Miami-Dade County residents’ Whig party candidate Craig Porter and nonpartisan candidate Marili Cancio.
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