Gar­cia, Valdez-Or­tega dis­cuss view­points on is­sues

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ED­I­TOR’S NOTE: These are part of a series this week on can­di­dates for the 25th Con­gres­sional District seat.

Repub­li­can Mike Gar­cia an­nounced his plans to chal­lenge then-first-term Rep. Katie Hill in Cal­i­for­nia’s 25th Con­gres­sional District back in April 2019.

The seat has been va­cant since Hill re­signed in Novem­ber. Gar­cia is now one of 13 can­di­dates in the race to rep­re­sent the 25th Con­gres­sional

District.

Gar­cia an­swered ques­tions about his can­di­dacy via email:

1. Why are you run­ning for Congress?

I’m run­ning be­cause I don’t want my na­tion to turn into what Cal­i­for­nia has be­come. I’m fight­ing for a stronger na­tional de­fense and lower taxes. As a pa­triot, I’m tired of see­ing politi­cians rep­re­sent us who are run­ning for the wrong rea­sons and who are loyal to a party in­stead of our na­tion.

2. What ex­pe­ri­ence do you have that you feel qual­i­fies you for the job?

As a for­mer Navy fighter pi­lot, I’ve seen the front lines and I un­der­stand the chal­lenges with our mil­i­tary. As an aero­space ex­ec­u­tive, I’ve helped shaped lan­guage in the de­fense bills and I’ve brought sig­nif­i­cant pro­grams to our district. I am uniquely qual­i­fied to help bring more aero­space business to the AV and help com­pa­nies like BYD nav­i­gate the pol­i­tics in DC, so they con­tinue to ex­pand like they de­serve to. As a busi­ness­man who has led a port­fo­lio val­ued at more than $7 bil­lion, I un­der­stand what it takes to run a business and what it means to be ac­count­able for profit and jobs. This is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal in the AV. As a fa­ther and small business owner, I know how tough it is to sur­vive in Cal­i­for­nia and how important this race is.

3. What are three ar­eas of con­cern spe­cific to the An­te­lope Val­ley?

1. Per­ma­nently re­move the lan­guage in the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act that cur­rently threat­ens 700-800 jobs at BYD.

2. Se­cure and pro­mote a DoD bud­get that ex­ceeds $750 bil­lion, so that large, medium and small aero­space and de­fense com­pa­nies thrive in the AV.

3. Se­cured fed­eral fund­ing for men­tal health spe­cial­ists ded­i­cated to the AV to help mit­i­gate the home­less cri­sis and help our veter­ans.

4. Would you have voted to im­peach Trump? Why or why not?

No. There was no crime that rose to the thresh­old of “high crimes and mis­de­meanor.” The en­tire im­peach­ment process was a dis­trac­tion and a huge waste of time and our pre­cious tax­payer dol­lars.

GAR­CIA

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