Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, who has been representing Imperial County and Coachella Valley for a significant number of years, will not seek re-election. This unexpected decision has come as a shock to many of his supporters, as there was no formal announcement made.
His decision not to seek re-election raises questions about the future of representation for Imperial County and Coachella Valley. As a respected leader in the community, Assemblyman Garcia has played a vital role in shaping local policies. As an example, he was instrumental in creating the Imperial Valley Healthcare District with Assembly Bill 918.
The reasons behind Assemblyman Garcia’s decision remain unknown, as he has not provided a formal explanation to the public. Beyond Borders Gazette contacted his office for an official statement but has not received an answer.
The departure of Assemblyman Garcia will undoubtedly leave a void in the political landscape of Imperial County and Coachella Valley. Eric Rodriguez of El Centro, California recently announced his bid for State Assembly.
“Lifelong membership and service in his district have given him valuable experience and insight into the generational challenges that plague his community. With a powerful voice that can inspire others, Eric has risen above those challenges to become a strong advocate for positive change,” a press release stated.
In Coachella, Coachella Valley Unified School District Board member Joey Acuña is running to succeed Garcia who is supporting Acuña to succeed him.
“I’m running for State Assembly because I believe in the promise of California, and I want to make sure the kids who grow up in our district have access to world-class schools, good-paying jobs, housing they can afford, and clean air and water. I’ll listen to residents and work hard every day to improve and protect the quality of life in our Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino County communities. I want to thank Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia for his nine-plus years of service in the state legislature. I hope to carry on his legacy of delivering results for our district and effectively advocating for our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Garcia stated: “Joey Acuña has dedicated much of his life to serving local communities. He is smart, thoughtful, and exactly the kind of leader our region needs to represent us in Sacramento. I believe that Joey is the best candidate to succeed me in the State Assembly and continue the fights to address climate change, build affordable housing, expand access to higher education, and improve mental healthcare infrastructure. I’m proud to endorse Joey Acuña, and I look forward to playing an active role in his campaign.”