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Week in Review: Joe Garcia Receives SEIU Endorsement, Opens Up Westchester Campaign Office and Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Last week, former Congressman Joe Garcia continued building momentum in his campaign for Congress by securing a major endorsement and meeting with local and national community leaders throughout South Florida.

On Monday, Joe received the endorsement of one of the country’s largest labor groups, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for his strong record of fighting for South Florida’s working families.

Also on Monday, Joe joined Hillary for America's Muslim Outreach Director Farooq Mitha and South Florida’s Muslim community for Eid al Adha prayer at the Islamic School of Miami. Joe asked Mitha to come to South Florida in order to emphasize the need for understanding and cooperation between Muslims and all other groups during this time of Islamophobia and divisive rhetoric.

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Left to right: HFA Muslim Outreach Director Farooq Mitha, ISOM Vice-Chair Muhammad Irshad, former Rep. Joe Garcia, State House candidate Robert Asencio and ISOM Chairman Naveed Anjum

Joe later attended a strategy session with Hillary Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta.

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During the week, Team Joe ramped up its outreach efforts by adding new members who are ready to make calls, knock on doors and speak to the community about Joe's record of service to South Florida.

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On Thursday Joe joined fellow Hillary Clinton supporters for the grand opening of the Hillary for America Coral Gables Campaign Office.  

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Former Rep. Joe Garcia with Miami Dade Cuban-American Democrats President Hector Caraballo and State House candidate Daisy Baez 

Thursday also marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Joe kicked off the observance by joining the Consulate General of Mexico and South Florida’s Mexican and Mexican-American community for a Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus.

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Saturday was the grand opening of the Garcia campaign’s third grassroots office, located in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami. Joe grew up in the neighborhood and was joined by dozens of friends, family and volunteers who are working to send him back to Congress so he can continue fighting for South Florida.

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Joe continued celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Homestead’s Mexican Independence Day Festival.

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On Sunday, Joe hosted an event in his Perrine office along with Florida City Vice-Mayor Sharon Butler and former Homestead Commissioner Norman L. Hodge Jr.During the event, Butler and Hodge spoke to volunteers about the importance of working hard to send Joe back to Congress.

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 Former Rep. Joe Garcia standing to the immediate left of Florida City Vice-Mayor Sharon Butler and former Homestead Commissioner Norman L. Hodge Jr. 

Joe then attended the opening dinner of the Israeli Diplomat Seminar hosted by the Consulate General of Israel to speak about the impact of the Hispanic community on local and national elections.

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Finally, Joe closed out the night by attending Fiestas Patrias Miami, which celebrates the independence of Central American countries and Mexico.

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