Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Garcia opens doors to Key West office, welcomes community

It didn't take U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia long to set roots in both Washington, D.C., and Key West.

Garcia, a Democrat, was in Key West Friday to officially open an office at 1100 Simonton St., Suite 1-213, as a means to keep in touch with his Monroe County constituents.

He told the crowds who attended his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 6 at the San Carlos Institute that he would "work every day for the people of Monroe County." And he promised there would be a place where people could go to reach out to him.

Garcia won the November race against Republican candidate David Rivera, who is embroiled in controversy involving a federal grand jury, ethics violations and a missing FBI witness.

Garcia has assigned the running of the day-to-day operation to Jennifer George-Nichols.

Although the main office is in Key West, George-Nichols will also travel throughout the Keys regularly holding town hall-type meetings to keep a finger on the pulse of the Keys communities that Garcia represents, South Florida's District 26, director of communications Giancarlo Sopo said on Friday.

Garcia is very committed to bringing the voices of South Florida to Washington, D.C., Sopo said. He also brought a Conch Republic flag, which is flying at the Capitol.

"He will visit as often as he can," said Sopo.

sfrederick@keysnews.com

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