Republican Carlos Curbelo Joins Race for Congress in Florida's 26th District

The Miami-Dade School Board member announced his candidacy Tuesday

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District Tuesday. A campaign advisor the Democratic incumbent, Congressman Joe Garcia, responded with a statement.

    Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District Tuesday.

    His family in tow, Curbelo made the announcement in his backyard in west Miami-Dade.

    The 26th Congressional District – which stretches from western Miami-Dade County across to Florida’s west coast and includes the Florida Keys – is currently represented by Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, who handily defeated then-Republican congressman David Rivera last November.

    It was a slugfest campaign with charges of phony candidates and ballot rigging. Now, Garcia is plagued with an investigation of a former top aide who authorities allege attempted to secure absentee ballots.

    Lawyer Asking FBI To Investigate Possible Phantom Candidate

    [MI] Miami Lawyer Asking FBI To Investigate Possible Phantom Candidate in 2010 Congressional Race
    Jeff Garcia, freshly resigned as Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff, is now facing an allegation by political rivals that he ran a phantom candidate against his boss's opponent. Lawyer Rick Yabor and Miami Beach City Commissioner Jonah Wolfson spoke about the issue. The candidate, Roly Arrojo, declined an interview. Congressman Garcia addressed the matter in a statement.

    Congressman Joe Garcia's Chief of Staff Resigns Over Probe

    "People are deeply disappointed at the torrent of scandals that constantly emanate from Washington. From the IRS abusing its power to an embarrassing absentee ballot scandal led by the incumbent's campaign in our own district,” Curbelo said.

    Curbelo, 33, cited his success as a Miami-Dade School Board member. He has represented District 7 since 2010. He talked about how the board has gotten down to business after turbulent times.

    "To see how the school board has come together, and we have people from both parties and different ideologies,” Curbelo said.

    Congressman Joe Garcia’s Communications Director Resigns Amid Fraud Investigation

    Garcia has amassed an impressive war chest hand in the early going before the November 2014 election. His campaign says it has raised $1 million in six months.

    Curbelo charges that Garcia is obsessed with running for office.

    "We need people less concerned with the next election and more concerned about addressing some of the big issues,” Curbelo said.

    Curbelo faces at least two competitors for the Republican nomination, as former Miami-Dade commissioner Joe Martinez and Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall have said they are going to run. With that in mind, the Garcia campaign provided its response to Curbelo’s announcement Tuesday.

    "Our focus is serving our constituents by working on real immigration reform and getting our economy moving. There will be time for campaigning and politics once the other side picks a candidate,” said Raul Martinez Jr., Garcia’s district director and campaign advisor, in a statement. “Congressman Garcia is honored by the incredible support and having raised a million dollars in just six months."

    More Local Stories: