This week, former Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia debated Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo in the first debate of the CD26 general election. The debate took place at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, the alma mater of Garcia, Curbelo and moderator Tom Llamas of ABC News. At the debate, Garcia laid out his plans for South Florida’s future while pointing out that Carlos Curbelo's record consistently matches Donald Trump's extreme rhetoric. Garcia also discussed the necessity for comprehensive immigration reform, affordable college education and a rational foreign policy.
On Tuesday, Sierra Club Florida Chairman Mark Walters and former Miami Dade County Commissioner Charles Dusseau joined Garcia for a press conference and spoke out against Curbelo’s attempt to give control of Biscayne National Park to Governor Rick Scott.
Tuesday afternoon, Garcia joined Secretary Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and hundreds of Democrats at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus for a campaign climate rally. Garcia was joined by a group of his campaign supporters.
Wednesday was Garcia’s birthday and his supporters, family and friends showed their appreciation by spending the day making phone calls and knocking on doors in support of his election. They later gathered at La Carreta in Kendall for a special birthday celebration.
Garcia also released a new television ad on Wednesday, taking Donald Trump and Carlos Curbelo to task over their opposition to Obamacare. While Trump says he wants to repeal Obamacare, Curbelo has taken multiple votes to repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing.
On Thursday, Joe Garcia addressed the Upper Keys AARP at their candidate forum. Garcia discussed his commitment to protecting Medicare and Social Security for South Florida seniors, unlike Republican Curbelo who has called both programs Ponzi schemes. Republican Curbelo was absent from the forum.
Garcia then spoke at the Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida Candidates Forum. Agriculture is the second largest economic driver in South Florida and Garcia spoke about the crucial role small farmers have in our local economy. Republican Curbelo was absent from his second candidate forum of the day.
On Saturday, Garcia attended the Gray Panthers of South Dade Candidate Forum and spoke about the ambitious platform that the next Congress must take on to move the country forward. Republican Curbelo skipped this forum too.
Later that day, Garcia joined the Iron Workers Local 272 Retiree Picnic. The Iron Workers endorsed Joe Garcia for his commitment to stand up for fair labor practices and livable wages for South Florida workers.
On Sunday, Garcia visited churches across South Dade with State Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to emphasize the importance of electing progressive leaders on both the local, state and the federal levels.