Salem State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, Republican candidate for 2nd District Congress, chatted with locals and answered their questions during a town hall meeting at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co. in Hudson Wednesday evening. (April Guilmet Photo)
Rep. Garcia tackles top issues in Hudson appearance
The Salem resident, who has been serving as a state representative for the communities of Salem and Windham since 2006, addressed an audience of several dozen gathered for a town hall-style meeting inside the machine room at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating.
"It's a privilege," he said.
During her 40-minute presentation, Garcia told her audience that she's been politically active since her 18th birthday when she registered to vote, and at the age of 23, fresh out of college, she'd initially intended to help out with someone else's campaign before making the decision to run for state representative.
The Harvard and Tufts-educated daughter of an Italian-American mother and Spanish-American father, Garcia serves on the House Finance Committee and previously served on the committees of Finance, Children and Family Law, Election Law and Legislative Administration, was a co-chairman of a House Caucus and a majority whip.
One challenge facing new business owners is the lack of regulatory reform, she said, noting that fledgling businesses' experiences are often fraught with legal obstacles. She said she witnessed those obstacles firsthand when her father, a former aeronautics engineer, decided to start his own company, along with several colleagues, after 9/11.
On the topic of health care, Garcia didn't mince words in her criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
Asked about her thoughts about legislation requiring businesses to expand their usage of renewable energy sources by 2025, Garcia said that while its important to explore all energy options, having such laws in place ultimately hurts American businesses.
"The climate has been changing for millions of years," Garcia said. "I expect it will continue."