May 28, 2014LITTLETON— Currently a member of the state legislature, Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican, hopes to win the District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Friday, she spoke to the Courier about her political philosophy and interest in national office.
Garcia was first elected to the legislature in 2006, when she was just 23 years old. She said a central goal of her time in Concord has been "making sure our regulatory environment is as hospitable as possible to our innovation economy."
Garcia said she has enjoyed working with her colleagues in the legislature. Members of both parties have a tendency to find common ground, she said. "It's not like everyone walks around with an R or a D on their foreheads," Garcia noted.
Health policy in New Hampshire is an area of interest for Rep. Garcia. She would like to see more data to help consumers make the best health care choices for themselves. Garcia believes the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) took the wrong approach. She remains concerned about the ability of people to access certain health care providers, like Cottage Hospital in Woodville, under Obamacare.
On Northern Pass, Garcia expressed concern about the tall electrical transmission towers that would take Canadian hydropower through New Hampshire. In addition to the effects on the state's natural beauty, Garcia said, "most of the benefits wouldn't be to our state." Burying the lines would be a much better option for New Hampshire, she suggested.
Garcia said energy policy and changing the tax code are two major interests she would pursue if elected to Congress. She believes the innovation and natural resources found in the United States can be brought together to improve our national security. By moving closer to energy independence, Garcia said, the United States would be "less beholden to many other foreign interests."
The tax system is a major impediment to stronger national innovation, Garcia said. "Our tax code has become so complicated," she stated. Garcia added that the Internal Revenue Service has too much power over people's lives.
Additional areas of what Garcia called "federal overreach" are of concern. In talking with farmers across District 2, Garcia has heard about the control national agencies have. She said too much power rests in Washington, D.C. Garcia believes the residents of District 2 know "how to best be a steward and protector of our own natural resources."
Through more local control and an improved tax code, Garcia suggested the country can truly create "an American environment of opportunity for all." If elected to Congress, she hopes to unite the people of District 2, listen to their concerns, and solve problems. She said such an approach historically has "made our country the exceptional one that it is."
An accomplished harpist, Garcia finds both music and public service a way to unify people. Either playing the harp or working in elected office can be a means "to achieve wonderful things that changes lives," Garcia concluded.
The primary election occurs on September 9. The winner of the Republican race will take on Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in November.