Last week, Joe Garcia continued to build momentum for his campaign after a new poll showed he is leading in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. The poll showed Garcia leading Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo 47-46 among likely voters in the initial ballot, but after voters hear positive and negative messaging on both candidates Garcia’s lead grows heavily – going from 47-46 to a 48-40 margin in favor of Garcia.
On Monday, Garcia joined elected and community leaders in signing the “Pledge for Pulse.” In the pledge, Garcia commits to voting for common sense gun reform in Congress in order to prevent future tragedies like the Pulse shooting from taking place.
The same day, Garcia joined the members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) to watch the presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He also stopped by the Democrats of South Dade watch party to a warm reception from supporters and friends.
On Wednesday evening, Garcia spoke at an event in Miami Dade College for the release of Leopoldo Lopez’s new book “Preso pero libre.” At the event, Garcia wasacknowledged for being a strong advocate for the Venezuelan democratic cause, and for having worked to help the Venezuelan exile community in Congress.
On Friday, Garcia attended a USDA workshop at Miami Dade College-Homestead Campus to discuss solutions to the problems facing local farmers. USDA Principal Deputy General Counsel Frederick “Fred” Pfaeffle recognized Garcia for his hard work on behalf of the farming community while in Congress. The event was also attended by the Dade County Farm Bureau and the Mexican-American Council.
On Friday, Garcia joined other community leaders for a press conference at the Goulds Park Community Center to demand common sense gun laws and solutions to gun violence in the community. The event was attended by State Senator Dwight Bullard who held the press conference alongside former Congressman Joe Garcia, Miami Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava, State Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, State House candidate Dan Horton, Greater Goulds Optimist Club President J.L. Demps Jr., Dr. Willy Wright of the Goulds Coalition of Ministers and Lay People, and the family members of young gun violence victims, including Regina Talabert—mother of the late Noricia Talabert.
The Goulds Coalition of Ministers and Laypeople also announced a pledge calling for action on gun reform and challenged all the attendees to sign on.
On Saturday, Garcia visited Goulds Park to watch some Pop Warner Football! He spoke to parents, coaches and kids about the success of the program and even toured the home team’s (Goulds Rams) impressive trophy room.
Garcia later attended the Homestead Rock ‘n’ Rib Fest to speak with members of the Homestead community while having some of Florida’s best BBQ.
Team Joe closed out the week by hitting yet another grassroots milestone. Garcia’s people-powered campaign officially made more than 200,000 calls and door-to-door visits. On Sunday, more than 40 volunteers hit the streets and picked up phones to emphasize Joe Garcia’s 30 years of service to Florida’s families and his successes on the issues that matter to our community.