|By Garry Rayno, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"There is a complete lack of trust," Garcia said. "The relationship between the citizens and government has broken down."
The four-term state representative from
Citizens do not believe they can have an open debate, she said, and instead those in
She also points to the
"There is a general sense federal officials don't care about us," Garcia said.
Unlike those currently holding national office, she says she will tell people her position on issues and will not be swayed by public opinion polls or special interests.
Garcia was criticized back home in
She was criticized when she voted against one of the bills and again when she missed a vote.
"I've been very straightforward about my position on gambling," the 31-year-old Garcia said in a recent visit with the New Hampshire Union Leader. "When I first campaigned, I said I opposed (casino gambling) and it was on my website."
She is proud to wear the moniker Millennial and her campaign reaches out to people in non-traditional ways and to those not normally on the county committee picnic circuit.
One way to broaden her appeal is entering 5K road races with her volunteers and supporters wearing her campaign T-shirt. "That's a way to interact with not the usual people," she said.
For the past two terms in the House, Garcia was on the
She also is proud of her involvement with health care reform working with stakeholders including hospitals, insurance companies, patients and physicians.
The group gathered data on pricing and quality in an attempt to bring transparency and equity to the system. "It was great to see people work to identify the problems and challenges and to propose innovation solutions," Garcia said. "We were getting somewhere and then the ACA passed and everybody's attention turned to the federal government."
State flexibility and autonomy are gone, she maintains.
The free market will not be allowed to do its work, Garcia said.
She noted that during the first year of Obamacare, 10 of the state's 26 hospitals were excluded from the network of the only health insurer,
Seven of the excluded hospitals are in the
Garcia faces one-term former state Sen.
The three Republican candidates all wear the conservative mantle, but Garcia said she disagrees with Lambert on energy.
"I don't support cap and trade," she said. "It raises taxes for