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Week in Review: Joe Garcia Wins Key Largo Candidates Forum, Attends Hillary Clinton Campaign Office Opening and Earns a Vote (and a Mango)


Last week, Joe Garcia shone against his primary opponent during a Key Largo candidates forum, highlighting his strong ties and record of service to the Florida Keys. He attended the grand opening of Hillary Clinton’s campaign field office in Miami and knocked doors in the district. 

Unfortunately, this week was marked by the type of tragedy that has become all too familiar to our nation—gun deaths. Joe expressed his thoughts on the need for unity and understanding among all people in order to overcome the mistrust and hate that has cost us too many innocent lives.

Garcia also spent time in campaign HQ for a question and answer session with the Team Joe interns, answering questions about his upbringing in South Florida, proudest moments in Congress, and vision for the future.

Thursday, Garcia sat with Diario las Americas reporters to discuss his campaign platform and vision for South Florida. He laid out his position on the economy, immigration reform, relations with Cuba, and many other issues.

Garcia then travelled south to Key Largo for a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, Tavernier Community Association and the Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowners Associations. He was considered the clear winner in the discussion against his primary opponent. Garcia spoke about his ties to members of the community and his accomplishments on their behalf in Congress.

Friday, Garcia spoke to Enrique Sarubbi on Dish Latino's TV Quisqueya about his campaign. Sarubbi recognized Garcia as a champion of the immigrant community for leading the charge for comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives. 


Friday night, Garcia attended the funeral of former El Portal Mayor Daisy Black in order to pay his respects to a longtime friend and valued community leader.

Saturday, Garcia joined Democrats from all over for the grand opening of the Hillary for America field office in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. 


Joe Garcia alongside Doral Councilwomen Sandra Ruiz, State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez

Garcia closed out the week’s heavy door knocking efforts with a tour of Kendall neighborhoods on Saturday. After being invited into the home of two voters, Garcia walked away with a pledge to vote and a ripe mango for the road.  


Sunday, Garcia attended Sunday church services at the Bethel Church and Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church.

Following church service, Garcia attended a strategy session organized by longtime South Dade activist Patricia “Pat” Mellerson to discuss ways to help the community. Other longtime activists like Rosemary Fuller as well as Irving and Lilian Headley were also in attendance.


“You can really feel the energy building in the community,” said Joe Garcia. “People are frustrated with the current state of affairs in Washington and they are ready for leadership that will genuinely represent them on the important issues facing our community.  

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