Politics

Candidate Profile: Joe Garcia For Escondido City Council

Written by Nicholas Vetrisek

Joe Garcia is the Republican Party of San Diego County’s endorsed candidate for Escondido City Council District 3. He currently serves as a pastor and chaplain for the Escondido Police Department, as well as Vice Chair of the Escondido Planning Commission. Joe works with a wonderful team of chaplains that have been honored by ​retired Police Chief Craig Carter with the “Chief’s Special Recognition Award.” Garcia also received the 2014 “Volunteer of the Year Award” from the Escondido Police Department for his admirable service.

Escondido has truly been a “City of Choice” for the Garcia family. Joe and his wife, Maria, have raised their three children in the Escondido community, each graduating from local high schools. ​Joe is proud to have called Escondido home for over 20 years.

One of the major issues Garcia is concerned about is improving fiscal responsibility for Escondido. He recognizes the importance of planning for the future and ensuring a balanced budget. Garcia knows that maintaining a balanced budget is necessary to provide the citizens of Escondido with essential services they need, in addition to keeping taxes low.

Another one of Garcia’s primary issues is supporting community safety. As a police chaplain for over 15 years, Joe understands the problems facing Escondido and how to work with law enforcement to remedy them. As city councilman, he will ensure that officers receive the proper training and resources they need to keep our communities safe.

Through his dedication to the community and decades of service, Garcia has shown his ability to be an excellent leader for Escondido. This has been recognized by numerous public leaders, as Joe has been endorsed by State Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Escondido City Councilman Mike Morasco, Escondido City Treasurer Doug Shultz, ​the Escondido Police Officers’ Association, the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, Building Industry Association of San Diego County, and many more.

For more information about Joe Garcia’s campaign, visit JoeForEscondido.com.