Loss of a Latino leader
Democratic state Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia of Tucson died of heart failure on October 15 at age 57.
Garcia was finishing his last term in the Senate and was a candidate for the Corporation Commission at the time of his death. He had previously served in the House for four years. If Garcia still wins in the election, it will be treated as a vacancy in office; the governor will be required to appoint someone of the same political party to fill the position.
Garcia leaves behind his wife and three grown children.
State lawmaker David Lujan, a minority leader in the House, says Garcia’s death saddened many at the state Capitol.
“Jorge was a true public servant who was committed to fighting for social justice,” Lujan told LP Journal. Sen. Garcia will be missed.