Last week, Joe Garcia, candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, doubled down on his grassroots efforts by knocking hundreds of doors all across the district. He hosted events with supporters and volunteers in both Florida City and the Florida Keys. On Sunday he joined the Key West community in honoring the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
Garcia kicked off Monday by heading down to Key West to meet with volunteers during a campaign phone bank. Following the phone bank Garcia joined fellow Democrats at Bottle Cap for a fundraiser aimed at sending Monroe County’s Delegates to Philadelphia for next month’s Democratic National Convention.
Back on the mainland, Garcia spent the week knocking the doors and calling the phones of South Dade voters to talk about the issues they care about. While canvassing Florida City, voters shared serious concerns about the rise in gun violence and the difficulties of getting by on minimum wage. Garcia spoke to voters about the need to invest more in people, keeping our society healthy by protecting and improving Obamacare, and making college affordable so more of our students can succeed.
On Saturday, Mayor Otis Wallace and Vice Mayor Sharon Butler joined the Garcia team for a cookout and canvassing event in Florida City. Wallace expressed his entire commission's support of Joe Garcia and thanked him for all the work he has done to help South Dade families.
Saturday’s canvassing event was interrupted by heavy rain but Team Joe, not missing a beat, drove down to Key Largo to knock doors under clearer skies.
Sunday was marked by the horrific news of a shooting in Orlando’s Pulse Night Club. Garcia was in Key West most of the day, arriving in the morning to canvass neighborhoods before marching in the Key West Pride Parade alongside supporters to show solidarity with the LGBT community after the day’s heartbreaking events.
The Key West community got together after the parade for a vigil honoring the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Following a silent march, Reverend Steve Torrence led a prayer in which he called for a rejection of fear, the acceptance of all people, and an outpouring of love for the people of Orlando.
“Unfortunately, this week closed to tragic news,” said Joe Garcia. “The events of Orlando are a grave reminder that there is still much work to be done before hate and injustice are stamped out of our communities. I am an advocate of equality for all people. We will continue to build our momentum precisely so we can bring the message of equality and sensible gun policy back to the 26th District.”
Garcia also stopped by US1 Radio and Key West Pirate Radio to speak about his experience during the Pride events and to give the community an update on the momentum of his campaign.