Last week, former Congressman Joe Garcia locked up the Democratic nomination in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Dozens of Garcia supporters watched the results come in Tuesday night in Kendall’s La Caretta Restaurant. In his victory speech, Garcia spoke about his people-driven campaign effort and thanked his volunteers for making the victory possible despite being outspent 4-to-1 by his primary opponent.
Leading up to the celebration, Garcia spent the day winning over voters at polls all across West and South Dade. He also urged all South Floridians to exercise their sacred right to vote before the end of Election Day during TV and radio interviews.
On Thursday, Garcia stood with the Venezuelan exile community in Doral’s El Arrepazo 2 to show support for the day’s mass demonstration in Caracas calling for a recall of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
On Friday, members of Team Joe spent the day at FIU speaking with students about Garcia’s work lowering college loan rates and recruiting the newest class of campaign fellows.
On Saturday, Garcia attended a rally in front of Miami’s historic Freedom Tower in order to support the Venezuelan’s community’s call for a free democracy in Venezuela. Garcia has worked to help Venezuelans since his time in Congress, where he was the author of the original Venezuelan asylum legislation.
On Sunday, Garcia toured churches in the district, speaking with members of the community about his work in Congress protecting and improving Obamacare and his success at securing millions of dollars for jobs in the district.
Monday was Labor Day and Garcia celebrated it at the South Florida AFL-CIO’s annual picnic. The picnic was attended by local Democratic candidates, including Congressmen Patrict Murphy, as well as members of all unions from across the country.
Garcia also received three major Labor Day union endorsements from International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) for his dedicated service to the hard working families of South Florida.