August 13, 2014
NOT YOUR FATHER'S NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Marilinda Garcia: New Hampshire's Young Conservative (EMILY CADEI, 8/13/14, Ozy)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2014 5:59 PMThe Republican establishment wasn't initially sold on Garcia and is now playing catch-up. But she's found support elsewhere in the meantime. One influential PAC has invested in a six-figure ad buy on her behalf.Nowadays, observers give her a shot at snatching the 2nd District seat in this political bellwether state, and if she does, Republican stardom would likely await her.Garcia is diminutive and raven-haired, and though her surname might make her sound Latina, her mother is an Italian immigrant and her father is Spanish-American. She grew up in Salem, New Hampshire, and earned degrees from Tufts University, the New England Conservatory of Music -- she is an accomplished harpist -- and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She teaches music at several prep schools and has served almost continuously in the part-time state legislature since 2006, when she was 23. Her younger sister, Bianca, was elected, too, in 2012, but there's no dynasty yet: In New Hampshire, the joke goes, half the population is in the statehouse at any given time."I was considering volunteering on a campaign after I finished college, and then someone suggested to me, 'Why don't you consider running yourself?'" Garcia tells OZY. "I thought, 'That's a good way to ensure my values are represented.'"