By filing her Florida Always First PAC late last year, veteran Republican political operative Alina Garcia is retired from public service and has decided to run for the State Senate seat in Miami-Dade County.
Garcia, who was born in Communist Cuba, is considered a stalwart in Cuban-American political circles, having worked alongside Senator Marco Rubio as his first legislative aide when he was a state representative in 1999.
During her 30-year career in public service, Garcia not only worked on numerous political campaigns, but worked for other prominent politicians like Hialeah Mayor Esteban Bovo, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and City of Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, helping her employers “fight for seniors, lowering property taxes, and championing Republican causes.
Garcia told The Floridian that she will either run in Senate District 37 or Senate District 40, but would decide which seat to run in, after Sen. Ileana Garcia first decides where she will run.
With 2022 being considered a “Red Wave” election cycle, and with the deep pocket of contacts she has accumulated over the years, Garcia is a shoo-in to be the Republican nominee any whichever seat she decides to run in.
In addition, considering how close she is with the Rubio family, don’t be surprised when, not if, Garcia rolls out Senator Rubio’s endorsement.
Garcia, like most candidates, will be spending a lot of time in Tallahassee trying to garner financial support for her political action committee and her subsequent senatorial campaign.