Kevin Andrés Garcia (Andrés preferred)
County of Residence *
Office Sought and District *
Representative in Congress, Congressional District 8
Political Party *
BA in Economics, University of Maryland, College Park Rockville High School
Political Experience *
Social Media Accounts *
Why are you running for office? *
I wasn't satisfied with my elected representation in Congress, and found that the partisan bickering in DC distracted from the issues caused by an overspending and overtaxing federal government. I want to represent the voice of Reason for those tired of "both parties".
Who do you consider your political role model, and why? *
There are several, but the most impactful has been Dr. Thomas Sowell. His approach to supply-side economics coupled with his emphasis on policy outcomes instead of intentions have completely re-worked my understanding of free market capitalism and the efficacy of government-proposed solutions. He provided empirical evidence for small, limited government in the face of an ever-expanding Administrative State.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why? *
Disparities and Discrimination -- Thomas Sowell. In it, he addresses the popular notion that disparity of outcome is strictly caused by nefarious discriminatory behavior. Through a multi-variate analysis, complete with supporting evidence delivered both eloquently and logically, Dr. Sowell concisely shows the market and economics factors that go into perceived "discrimination".
What will be your top priority if elected? *
Domestically, our country's ticking time-bomb is the national debt caused by inflationary spending. Societies cannot thrive with such insurmountable debt, and delayed efforts to address it only weaken the country's financial position. We must reduce spending *and* cut taxes to alleviate the burden, thereby unhindering the potential, of future generations. Internationally, we must address the "Elephant in the Room" that is our country's relationship with China. While it typically benefits the ultra-wealthy, outsourcing the majority of our manufacturing to countries like China have come at the expense of blue collar Americans. What's more, China has repeatedly committed egregious human rights atrocities including the current Ugyhur genocide. The US should stand for human rights and significantly reduce trade with China until the Ugyhur people are free.
What are the three biggest issues facing your district? *
District 8 represents a large swath of different Marylanders. In general, District 8 is concerned with (in no particular order) 1. Economy / Jobs -- From rising prices at the pump and grocery stores, to lockdowns and staffing issues. Marylanders in CD-8 and many around the country don't have the utmost confidence in the US economy. 2. Healthcare -- CD-8 are justifiably concerned with rising healthcare costs and worsening health outcomes in this country. Many have staunch policy positions, but there are solutions that don't expand government involvement and maintain medical innovation that sets the USA apart from world's other healthcare systems. 3. Crime -- Across the country, and to a lesser extent within CD-8, we've seen prounounced increases in property and violent crime. Society cannot thrive if its citizens live in fear. Law enforcement needs to intensify on those two categories primarily
What are the three biggest issues facing our country? *
1. The National Debt -- I will sound like a broken record, but $28 trillion+ in debt is not sustainable and hampers the economic growth of future generations. For decades, Congress has defecit spent often under the guise that increased taxation would finance the spending. Needless to say that hasn't been the case. Reduce spending, lower taxes, eliminate the Debt. 2. Inflation -- As a natural economic consequence of flooding the market with federal dollars, the prices of every day goods increase to offset the depreciated dollar. Significant cuts to federal spending is the most impactful deterrent to inflation. 3. Mask and vaccine mandates -- While everyone should be encouraged to wear masks and get vaccinations when appropriate, mandates are unconstitutional and cause more damange than they aim to mitigate. Executive decrees are not an alternative to the legislative process to enact policy changes. Americans have the freedom to take on risks as they choose, they should not be forced into a medical decision for fear of being denied entry to society.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide) *
I support overturning Roe v Wade and, generallly, allowing states to define their own abortion laws. Personally, access to abortions should be severely restricted EXCEPT for cases of rape, incest, and medical emergencies. Abortion is a solution to unwanted pregnancies, but there are more holistic approaches that don't toe the line between bodily autonomy and homicide. I also believe an able-minded adult, particularly those with terminal illnesses, should have control of how their life ends. If, of their own free will, they decide they wish to cease living with the assistance of a medical professional, that shouldn't be a punishable offense.
What is your position on taxes, spending, and the federal deficit? *
Fewer taxes for ALL, reduce federal spending starting with the largest spending categories, and eliminate the federal deficit. The Federal government has a well-defined and limited role in the Constitution, it's about time we return to those roots.
What is your position on gun rights? *
More restrictive gun laws will have no affect on criminals with guns, and only further infringe on our Constitutional right to bear arms. Every citizen, who isn't an immediate threat to another and/or experiencing a psychotic episode, should be free to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their homes to the fullest extent allowed in the Constitution.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana? *
I support the legalization of marijuana, as laws naturally beget law enforcement and law enforcement resources shouldn't be focused on victimless crimes. I also strongly believe that a life built around marijuana-use isn't often the most productive and therefore also support drug testing for government assistance programs.
What is your position on trade? *
Any and all trade deals should primarily benefit regular US citizens. We should also only trade with free nations that embrace Democracy over Autocracy and Freedom over Authoritarians.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues? *
Peace through Strength. A strong powerful military not only mitigates the risk of invasion, but can also be leveraged in foreign affairs to desecalate conflicts. However, other countries should make a more concerted effort to build their own defenses to supplement US forces, rather than rely on US forces.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment? *
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment? *
Do you support D.C. Statehood? *
Do you support retrocession of the District of Columbia into Maryland? *
Was Joe Biden legitimately elected President of the United States in the November 2020 Election? *
Do you pledge to accept the results of your election? *