René Garcia, 36, has moved up the political ranks, first elected to the Hialeah City Council in 1997 at age 23 before running as a Republican for the Florida House in 2000 and serving eight years before being term-limited.
Mr. Garcia now is running for the District 40 Florida Senate seat held by another Garcia (no relation), Sen. Rudy Garcia, who is term-limited. There is a write-in opponent, but clearly Mr. Garcia has the knowledge and experience to return to Tallahassee, this time as a senator.
He served as chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, and served as chairman of healthcare regulation and health innovation committees. His knowledge of healthcare issues is critical to his district, which covers parts of Doral, Miami Springs, Miami Lakes and Hialeah, which has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents.
Mr. Garcia is a founding board member of the Children's Trust and has a record of finding middle ground to achieve results. In 2005, for instance, he cosponsored with then-Sen. Nan Rich open-enrollment legislation to ensure the state's insurance program for needy children, KidCare, served as many children as possible.
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For Florida Senate, District 40, The Herald recommends RENE GARCIA.