Garcia, Valdez-Ortega discuss viewpoints on issues
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
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.