January 26, 2014

STAR OVER NH:

Salem's Marilinda Garcia announces congressional campaign in 2nd District (BEN LEUBSDORF, November 25, 2013, Concord Monitor)

Garcia, 30, a Salem Republican serving her fourth term in the House, is running in the 2nd District, which stretches from the Massachusetts border to the North Country and includes the cities of Concord and Nashua.

"I'm running because, like most of New Hampshire's citizens and the wider U.S., I'm very frustrated with the inability of our current political leadership to solve pressing problems. It's why the majority of Americans, for the first time, are less confident that their children and grandchildren can achieve the American dream," Garcia said yesterday. "So I'm running because I believe America is the last great hope on Earth, and that this is a nation worth fighting for, and I believe I have the skill-set and can benefit from a new generation of ideas and help bring America back on the right path again." [...]

Kuster, 57, an attorney from Hopkinton, ran for Congress in the 2nd District in 2010 but lost narrowly to Republican Charlie Bass, who had previously held the seat for six terms. Two years later, in 2012, she defeated Bass in a rematch.

A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll taken last month showed Kuster tied with Lambert for 2014 - 34 percent for Lambert, 33 percent for Kuster and 31 percent undecided, with a 5.4 percent margin of error. The poll of 333 residents of the 2nd District was taken Oct. 7-16.

"Clearly they think Ann Kuster is in danger, so they're starting to attack me today, apparently," Garcia said. "They see she's weak."

Garcia was first elected to the state House in 2006, when she was 23. She sits on the powerful House Finance Committee and serves in the House with her sister, Rep. Bianca Garcia, also a state representative from Salem.

Marilinda Garcia is vice president for client relations at Axon Global Services, a cybersecurity firm. A harpist, she also teaches the instrument at Phillips Exeter Academy - the private school where Tom Hassan, husband of Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, is the principal.

The Republican National Committee in August named Garcia a rising star, and she's a member of the Future Majority Caucus, a GOP group that seeks to recruit and support women and candidates of color.

Garcia said yesterday her youth is an asset to her campaign.

"I do think that I'm uniquely poised to help a younger generation of people that, frankly, need to be involved and obviously are most concerned about the future of our country," she said. "I think it's about time we stepped up and had a voice, so that's why I'm stepping up."
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