Conservative New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced Monday she'll enter the GOP primary for a seat in Congress, saying a dysfunctional Washington needs a new breed of lawmakers.
"Americans are tired of what seems to be complete dysfunction in Washington," she told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
"We have to change the kind of people we’re sending there."
She also posted her intentions on Twitter Monday.
The 30-year-old Garcia—considered a rising GOP star— faces former state Sen. Gary Lambert in a primary to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.
Garcia told the Union Leader it’s important her "generation step up, have a voice and claim responsibility in decision-making about the future of our country."
Her campaign website c
alls her a "new generation conservative"and states she wants to replace Obamacare with "bottom-up, consumer-driven solutions.”
She said she hopes to bring a youthful perspective to a Republican Party she recently described as "being populated mostly with old white men," the Union Leader said.
"There is a stereotype about the Republican Party at this point," she said. "It does concern me, so I feel it’s incumbent on me to be the change you want to see.”
She was named by the Republican National Committee last year as a member of its new "Rising Stars"initiative, the Union Leader reported.
"I’ve learned as a state representative the federal government isn’t the answer to our state problems, and most of the large issues we’ve had to deal with and our largest budget issues, are a direct result of federal intervention and mandates, the Affordable Care Act being the most recent," she said, calling for the "full repeal of Obamacare" and removal of other "obstacles to business development and job creation.”
Garcia is an adjunct professor of music at Phillips Exeter Academy.
An accomplished harpist, she occasionally performed with her sister, state Rep. Bianca Garcia, a flutist, as The Seraphim Duo.
Garcia has been politically active with the national Republican Party and with the Republicans’ GOPAC Hispanic Leadership Training Institute.
"I’ve never had a long-term political ambition in mind for myself, but in the last few months, circumstances have led me to do serious introspection and decide that if I ever were to consider running for higher office in the future, maybe the future is now," she said.
"If my participation shows we actually have a diverse Republican Party, with a lot of women and young people acting on our current concerns and turning away from what we see from the failed policies of government expansion and redistribution of wealth that the current administration is promoting, I think we can have a profound effect," she added.
New Hampshire’s 2nd District, which President Obama carried by 10 points in 2012, has switched party hands in three of the past four elections, Roll Call reported.
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