Cuban-American physician running for U.S. Senate in Washington state

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Dr. Raul Garcia (R),, a Cuban American from Yakima, Washington, is aiming to unseat liberal long-time Senator Maria Cantwell.

Garcia was born in Cuba and lived in the Alturas de Almendares neighborhood in Havana. After fleeing Cuba with his parents as a child, he spent about one year in Spain, then moved to Miami, where he graduated from Miami High and the University of Miami before receiving his medical training at The New York College of Osteophatic Medicince

Thus far, the national press hasn’t paid much attention to Garcia’s campaign, so it is difficult to get much information on him. The dearth of news stories is also due to the fact that he is not a professional politician, but a physician and a hospital director.

More to follow, for sure. He faces an uphill battle in one of the most liberal states in the U.S., and once his campaign gets off the ground, he is sure to draw plenty of heat-seeking missiles and artillery fire from the usual suspects in the news media.

Meanwhile, Marti Noticias has posted a video interview with Dr. Garcia (in Spanish). For a 2020 interview –when he was running for governor, go HERE (in English).

From the Yakima Herald-Republic

Yakima physician Raul Garcia will drop out of the Washington governor’s race to challenge Maria Cantwell for her seat in the U.S. Senate, he said Friday.

Garcia, a Republican, made the announcement via a post on his campaign’s Facebook page. He endorsed Republican Dave Reichert’s campaign for governor.

“I am tremendously honored by the support I’ve received in my race for Governor,” Garcia said. “Today, I’ve decided to join forces in a united team for Washington with Congressman Dave Reichert. I will be challenging Maria Cantwell in the upcoming 2024 election. We need a senator for Washington who truly listens and offers solutions instead of politics to the office. Together we can restore health, effective leadership, and unity to Washington.”

Reichert formally announced his candidacy on Friday. Reichert is a former King County Sheriff who served seven terms in Congress representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District, which covered King County suburbs as well as rural Kittitas and Chelan counties.

Garcia is the medical director at Astria Toppenish Hospital and a Republican. He is a Cuban immigrant who lived in Spain before moving to the U.S. when he was 11.

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