This week, Joe Garcia, candidate for Florida's 26th Congressional District, celebrated the grand opening of his campaign headquarters to great turnout from supporters. He also appeared in several TV shows to spread the message of his campaign. During Memorial Weekend, he honored our veterans and those serving our country in uniform. Finally, he joined State and local officials for the inauguration of a community pool in South Dade that will provide safe recreation for our community.
On Saturday, Joe Garcia was joined by more than 100 supporters from across South Dade for the grand opening of his campaign headquarters in Palmetto Bay. The office, located in the heart of Florida's 26th Congressional District, will serve as the hub for an aggressive grassroots operation that will build neighborhood teams and coalitions across the district.
Joe Garcia thanked the crowd for driving the success of his campaign. He also highlighted his long record of service and spoke on the need for representation that moves the community forward, not undermines it. The grand opening was attended by Mayor Otis Wallace of Florida City and Doral City Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz, who made remarks on Joe's dedication to finding real solutions to problems rather than making empty gestures. Following the remarks, Team Joe roared its field chant loudly before picking up campaign materials and t-shirts for canvassing.
During the week, Joe appeared on Spanish language network show AMano Limpia with Felix Guillermo on America TeVé. During the interview, Joe addressed the necessity for higher wages for South Florida workers, college affordability and his lead in the race for Florida's 26th Congressional seat. He also appeared in RS90 with Rick Sanchez to discuss issues affecting South Florida and the country at large, such as violence at national election rallies.
Later in the week, Joe drove down to Key West for a series of community events, including a firefighters' retirement gathering in the Firehouse Museum. Back in Miami Dade, Joe joined the Richmond Heights Women's Club during their monthly meeting to coordinate efforts in order to give our community a voice back in Washington.
During Memorial Day weekend, Joe honored those who have fought and died for our country. On Sunday he met with the Marathon chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to talk about ways to improve Veterans Affairs (VA) services, especially health care. While in Congress, Joe fought to improve care for our veterans and succeeded in securing an additional doctor for the Key West VA clinic to ensure that our Keys veterans have access to care closer to home. He also attended The Long Walk Home charity BBQ benefiting veterans and discussed how to best help vets in their transitions back home after serving our country.
On Monday, Joe was honored to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Arrant-Smith Post 4127 and their incoming Commander, Wayne Schorr, for a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Palms Woodland Cemetery in Homestead. He later stopped by the American Legion Post 43 to thank the members for their service to the American people.
Also on Memorial Day, Joe attended the inauguration of the West Perrine Park Pool alongside Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard, State Representative Kionne McGhee, County Commissioner Dennis Moss and Community Councilmen Henry Lawrence and Wilbur Bell. Pools and other public recreational facilities are a welcomed addition to the community and are expected to help keep the kids cool and off the streets during the hot summer months.