Last week, Joe Garcia, candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, unveiled the first campaign ad of his Congressional contest, stepped up to call out Carlos Curbelo on his record on immigration and gun reform and delivered his message to voters at candidate forums in Key West and South Dade.
At the beginning of the week, Garcia rolled out his first congressional campaign ad for this election cycle. In the web ad, Garcia highlighted his deep personal ties to the district and his record of service to the people of the district. Political Cortadito noted that Garcia was the first candidate to release an ad among District 26 Candidates.
During the week, Garcia also took his Republican opponent, Carlos Curbelo, to task on his immigration and gun reformrecord. Although Curbelo presented legislation on both issues last week, Garcia pointed out the hypocrisy of the measures given Curbelo’s history of opposing President Obama’s executive orders on immigration as well as on gun control. The Miami Herald wrote about Curbelo’s contradicting record on immigration.
Garcia also issued a response to the Supreme Court’s decision to block the President’s executive orders on immigration which pushed millions of immigrant families back into the shadows. In Congress, Garcia was the author of a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would have protected these families. When Republicans blocked the legislation, Garcia stood by the President’s executive actions.
On Friday, Garcia made his way down to Key West for the Hometown! candidate forum, stopping by Key Largo Chocolates and Ice Creams to chat with friend and small business owner Bob Thomas. At the forum, Garcia talked about his record of helping the people of the Florida Keys, including his work to secure an additional doctor for the Key West VA Clinic.
On Saturday, the Garcia campaign held clean water canvass in which Team Joe volunteers went out into the community to talk about the importance of protecting access to clean water.
Following the canvass kickoff, Garcia attended a candidate forum in West Perrine’s Second Baptist Church to discuss issues of economic opportunity and gun violence. He later stopped by Radio/TV to speak with Dr. Flore Lindor Latortue to speak about how the recent DAPA decision affects South Florida’s Caribbean community.
On Sunday, Joe made his way to South Dade to tour small businesses and farms in Homestead as well as to have conversations with voters at the doors.