Your guide to the California Congressional District 27 race: Mike Garcia vs. Christy Smith
The California Congressional District 27 race is a battle between two strong young candidates: Mike Garcia, a Republican, and Christy Smith, Democrat [Dem.]. Both candidates are young with strong backgrounds, well-received political platforms, and a lot of ideas to offer to voters: a strong business focus, strong opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and strong support for local small businesses.
The race is a toss-up for the Republican with Garcia leading Smith 47.7% to 46.5%, and a Republican with more votes. The most recent polls I’ve seen in this race are from the early to mid-December period.
This race, along with its predecessors, has been a close one for years. Garcia (R) has led in most national polls since 2010. Garcia was born in Mexico, and was raised and lived in East L.A. until the age of 7. Garcia is the Republican nominee in this race.
Smith (Dem) was born in Northern California and is a Lodi resident. She is a proud resident of the 33rd District, where she lives and works with her husband, who owns a successful family-owned and managed manufacturing business, and their two sons. She is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Rotary club, a member of the Lions Club, and has held various positions in her community. Smith has been a Democrat since her freshman year at college, and she is the Democratic nominee in this race.
Although Garcia and Smith are both young, they both have a lot of experience. They both have prior experience in political or business life. Garcia has two degrees from a prestigious college that is known for its strong business programs. Smith has two degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Both Garcia and Smith have been to college, although Garcia attended UCLA, and Smith attended USC. Both candidates have spent time as