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Garcia has passion and compassion

There’s no such thing as a sure thing in politics. No matter how the polls are reading or for whom the pundits are guaranteeing victory, there’s nothing set in stone until Election Day. In New Hampshire this election cycle, we think the best example of a race where anything can happen is the race for the Congressional District 2 seat. Incumbent Ann Kuster will face a serious challenge in November no matter who emerges as the GOP selection at Tuesday’s Republican primary.

The race is down to three contenders: Gary Lambert of Nashua, Jim Lawrence of Hudson and Marilinda Garcia of Salem. All three have served in New Hampshire government previously; Lambert in the State Senate, Lawrence and Garcia in the State House. Now, all three are trying to make the leap to Washington by way of defeating Ann Kuster.

At first blush, it might seem that Lawrence and Lambert have the edge over Garcia in the area of foreign policy. Both served in the military, and Lawrence’s military consulting business has kept him informed and relatively in the loop. That kind of experience is invaluable for a representative at the national level, and Garcia’s relative inexperience is something her opponents have attacked her for repeatedly. It will be one of her biggest hurdles to overcome. She’s also lacking life experience, and Lawrence’s poise, confidence and charisma.

But in this case, Garcia’s inexperience is something we’re willing to look past — and even embrace. At just 31, Garcia is a fresh young face on the political scene, and is just the kind of new blood the Republican party needs to invigorate itself. And with that youth comes a compassion, a willingness to listen and a patience to explain herself rationally that we haven’t seen in some time. Rather than align herself straight down the party line on partisan political issues, Garcia is open to a dialogue between parties and strives to see all sides of the issue. She’s against the Northern Pass, because her constituents are, but if the power companies, landowners and tourists can all agree on a proposal, she’s open to the possibilities. She’s lobbying to “dismantle” the Affordable Care Act, but there are some parts that are working, she admits, and she’d love to keep them in place. And Garcia wants to stem the tide of illegal immigration through securing our borders — yet she’s still willing to treat those who’ve arrived in our country as human beings, affording them due process before deciding whether to send them away.

Of all the Republican candidates for the Congressional District 2 seat, we think Marilinda Garcia is the most likely to bridge the partisan divide in Congress and use her ideals and compassion to try to make a difference in Washington. And, we think Garcia is worth your vote this Tuesday.

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