Sergio Garcia, a police officer who works in Ballard, has just announced his plans to run for Seattle City Council District 6.
Garcia is the fifth candidate to put in his bid for Mike O’Brien’s seat. He’s originally from Miami — his parents immigrated from Honduras, and his wife, from Brazil.
“The Seattle Police Department hired me, in part for my zeal to be part of this wonderful and thriving community,” Garcia writes in his campaign announcement. “I love the city’s charm, its natural integration with the surrounding Puget Sound’s beauty, and its progressive approach towards a better quality of life.”
He says he was drawn to Seattle for its cultural openness, progressive values, and proximity to nature.
“I was also attracted by the willingness of the voters here to adopt innovative new approaches to governance and civil society in order to create a better quality of life for everyone including immigrant, refugee and LGBTQ communities,” he writes.
Before coming to Seattle, Garcia worked as police officer in Miami for a decade.
“Working as a police officer, I have seen firsthand the challenges we face in D6; their root causes, what is working, and what isn’t working,” Garcia writes. “I am running for a single simple reason, to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community by taking a balanced approach to representative governance that ensures no one is shut out, shouted down or ignored. I moved here to start a family and set down roots. The community I see today is fractured, angry and off track.”
Garcia plans to highlight three issues that will be the focal points of his campaign: homelessness, affordable housing, and public safety. He says he’ll be sharing his ideas in the coming months on Facebook and Instagram.