State Rep. Marilinda Garcia wants to bring youthful perspective to Congress, GOP
Believing that “maybe the future is now,” 30-year-old conservative state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem will file papers today to become a candidate for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.
Garcia faces primary opposition from 54-year-old Marine Reserves colonel and former one-term state Sen. Gary Lambert of Nashua, who announced his candidacy in September.
“Yes,” she reiterated in an interview Friday, “there is a stereotype about the Republican Party at this point. It does concern me, so I feel it’s incumbent on me to be the change you want to see.”
Garcia has lived in Salem since she was a young child and was 23 when elected to the New Hampshire House. She has risen through the GOP ranks, served as co-chairman of the House Republican caucus and majority whip, and is currently a member of the powerful House Finance Committee.
Garcia is an adjunct professor of music at Phillips Exeter Academy and said she also works in the cyber-security field. She formerly worked as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children at the Salem District Court.
Garcia has been politically active with the national Republican Party and with the Republicans’ GOPAC Hispanic Leadership Training Institute.
She said Kuster “supports and endorses most, if not all, of the adversarial policies that the current administration is pushing. Our current representation is not making the kinds of decisions necessary to help New Hampshire govern itself as New Hampshire citizens want.
“So much of what we do in the state Legislature is damage control on what’s coming down the pipeline from the federal government,” Garcia said. “I can’t stand by while our state continues to be hurt by an overreaching federal government. It concerns me when I see the way these federal policies punish entrepreneurship and really limit our freedom.”
Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Gary Lambert has reached fundraising and campaign organization benchmarks that place him “on the radar” to become a part of its “Young Guns” program for top-tier races.
“I’ll be aggressively fund-raising and aggressively out there in all the corners of the second district, and just trying to earn people’s trust and support.”
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