Joe Garcia

Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo surfed a national Republican wave to victory over Democrat Joe Garcia in Florida's 26th congressional district.

The state’s southernmost district includes both suburban Kendall and eclectic Key West.

Garcia won the seat two years ago, but Curbelo has returned it to Republican control.

Curbelo says voters are frustrated and disillusioned with government.

Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

Few of Tuesday’s elections were as hard fought as Florida’s 26th congressional district – where Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo unseated incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia.

But the race is less likely to be remembered for that result than for how it may end up dropping the curtain on a time-honored Miami political tradition: playing the Cuba card.

Last-Minute Grassroots Efforts From Joe Garcia

Nov 3, 2014
Lisann Ramos

For campaign volunteers across the country, this is crunch time.  

Candidates such as Congressman Joe Garcia are turning to grassroots efforts to get members of their district to go out and vote. This means making phone calls and knocking on doors.

“Folks in this district know us. We’ve been here a long time. We grew up in these neighborhoods, we’ve worked with these folks," said Garcia, who was in Palmetto Bay this morning making calls with his volunteers. 

Obama's Immigration Remarks In State Of The Union Not Enough, Locals Say

Jan 29, 2014
Laguardia Cross / 1Miami


More than a dozen people crowded the Salvadorean restaurant La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to hear President Obama's remarks on immigration reform during his State of the Union address Tuesday.

They were part of a community forum with a focus on immigration reform and equal rights. After the address, there was mostly disappointment among the crowd.

"There was barely a mention of immigration reform. ... There was nothing that he said that pointed in that direction and we are all very disappointed about it," said Camilo Mejilla, one of the organizers. 

Rivera Slammed With 11 Ethics Charges

Oct 24, 2012
candidate web site

The Florida Ethics Commission has accused Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera of 11 separate violations, including misuse of campaign funds, falsifying disclosure forms and accepting corporate money he should have known was intended to influence his votes.