Joe Garcia preparing to challenge David Rivera
Joe Garcia has been making call to Democrats and donors announcing he will jump in the race against Republican U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
Garcia, who ran against Rivera for the then-open seat in 2010, has been mulling a run since state Rep. Luis Garcia (no relation) dropped out of the contest, prompting Democrats to try unsuccessfully to recruit former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas before settling on first-time candidate Gloria Romero Roses.
State and national Democrats appeared settled on Roses, a Southwest Ranches businesswoman. But Miami-Dade Democrats have appeared slower to warm up to a candidate they don't know who lives far outside the congressional district, which extends from Southwest Miami-Dade to Key West -- and who worked for a condo management company involved in a dispute with the Service Employees International Union. Last week, Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Richard Lydecker said he would be happy to see a primary in the race.
Garcia also ran unsuccessfully for the same congressional seat in 2008, against then-incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart.
-- Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald