By Miguel Gonzalez
(Victorville)– Gloria Garcia slept very little on Tuesday night. It didn’t matter, it was all worth it, she said. Garcia woke up on Wednesday morning as Victorville’s newest council member after placing second in the election behind top vote getter Jim Cox and ahead of incumbent Ryan McEachron. “I was amazed when I saw the results,” she said in an interview with High Desert Daily.
A bookkeeper by profession, Garcia was born in Victorville and has been in business here for 36 years. “I am proud to know many people in this city and I think that ultimately helped me to get elected as council woman.”
Public Safety is Garcia’s number one concern and said that in her new position as council woman, she will look to increase the number of deputies in the city as well as work with the community to make sure safety is a priority.
For Garcia safety is an important subject. She and her family suffered the tragic loss of her granddaughter Alina, who was murdered eight years ago. “My granddaughter’s murder has not been solved since it happened and I attribute that to the fact that we don’t have as many deputies in the city as we should.”
Garcia said she feels rejuvenated by her election to the council and that she is looking forward to working with the rest of the council members to create a positive atmosphere for the city of Victorville. “I have already received calls from council members Jim Kennedy and Jim Cox who told me they are looking forward to working with me. I don’t really care what happened in the past, I just want to move forward and work in unity to help this city,” Garcia said.
Garcia said that fighting her fellow council members is something she is not looking to do. “I don’t think the people of Victorville put us here to disagree. I just want to move forward.”