“Republican Rep. Mike Garcia is off to a solid start in Congress, having won the special election in May to fill the remaining term of former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned a year ago.
“Upon his election, he hit the ground running and was appointed to several congressional committees that directly impact the interests of the 25th District, including the committees on: Homeland Security; Science, Space and Technology; and, Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Garcia is a Saugus High School graduate who lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two sons. He’s a first-generation American and a highly decorated former Navy fighter pilot who served for 20 years and flew more than 30 combat missions.
“… His track record of service and leadership render him more than qualified.
“Garcia advocates a strong military — and understands the needs and issues facing the large community of veterans in the 25th District. His service background coupled with his experience in aerospace as a Raytheon executive have given him a valuable base of knowledge to represent a district where the military and the aerospace industry are key employers. His business leadership experience also positions him well to serve in a leadership role as the district and the nation get to work on rebuilding an economy devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“… we don’t see eye to eye with [Garcia’s Democrat opponent Christy Smith] on some key issues. Among those are school choice (we favor it), tax increases (we oppose them), and her persistent support of Assembly Bill 5, which threatens the gig economy and stands to cost hundreds of thousands of independent contractors the ability to work. Particularly at a time when COVID-19 has devastated job markets, AB 5 has turned out to be a poorly timed and needless piece of job-killing legislation that, at its core, was more about labor unions and the state’s ability to collect payroll taxes than about helping workers.
“Also concerning is Smith’s penchant for declining to cast votes on bills that might have been uncomfortable choices to make — and would have provided voters a greater level of transparency about where she stands. It looks like a tactic motivated by campaign strategy.
“On Nov. 3, we are supporting Mike Garcia for a well-earned full two-year term in Congress, and we believe he is the candidate who best represents the needs of the 25th District’s constituents and the economy upon which they rely.”
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Adding to an Extensive Endorsement List
This follows the endorsement of the LA Daily News and adds to Garcia’s growing list of local supporters that includes five CA-25 mayors along with current and former elected officials from across the district.
“Mike Garcia has demonstrated that he works hard for his district and understands the need to be responsible with the taxpayers’ money. He has our endorsement for re-election.” – LA Daily News Editorial Board
Garcia’s message of cutting taxes and stopping the spread of the liberal policies that are crushing California’s families and small businesses has resonated strongly with the district that he has called home since he was six years old. Leaders in local government know best what their communities need, and they have shown an incredible level of support and enthusiasm for Garcia since he launched his campaign nearly 18 months ago.
Mike Garcia believes in a strong national defense and is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with nearly 20 years of service to this country as one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy and is a highly decorated US Naval Officer. Garcia is a first-generation American whose father immigrated to the US in 1959 and has lived in the 25th district for nearly all of his life. Garcia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two sons. He was elected to Congress on May 12, 2020, winning a Special Election with 55% and becoming the first California Republican to flip a Democrat seat since 1998.
The 25th district encompasses the cities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster and the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. The median income is $76,866 and the ethnic breakdown is 45.8% White, 8% Black, 7.7% Asian and 35.3% Hispanic.
To learn more about Mike and his campaign for Congress, visit https://ElectMikeGarcia.com.