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Governor Mark Dayton proclaims November 26 to be Edwina Garcia Day.

Post Date:11/26/2018 8:35 AM
For nearly four decades, Councilmember Edwina Garcia has utilized her time and talents to advocate for the residents of Richfield at both the municipal and state levels of government.

Her indelible contributions have made the City of Richfield and the State of Minnesota better places to live and work. Her career achievements and civic contributions were recognized by Governor Mark Dayton through a proclamation denoting November 26, 2018, as Edwina Garcia Day in Minnesota.

Concurrently, the Richfield City Council also passed a similar proclamation at their November 13 meeting declaring November 26, 2018, Edwina Garcia Day in Richfield.

“This proclamation means a lot to me. From the first day my family moved to Richfield up to the present, I always I wanted to be involved in this community and try and bring people together for the greater good,” said Garcia.

Garcia moved to Richfield in 1972 and embarked on a civil and community service odyssey that saw her serve on the city’s Charter, Human Rights and Community Services Commissions, as well as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

“Richfield would not be where it is today without the diligent work of Edwina Garcia,” expounded Mayor-elect Maria Regan Gonzalez.

She was first elected to the city council on November 6, 1984, as a representative for Ward 3, serving through 1990.

On November 6, 1990, Garcia was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving four consecutive terms, through 1998. In all, she represented Richfield in the Minnesota state house for 2,919 days and became the first women of color to be elected to the Legislature.

“Throughout my career, I have always tried to be authentic. As a leader, you have to be truthful and willing to listen to your constituents,” explained Garcia.

Garcia is considered a trailblazer to many women and people of color who she has mentored and inspired to enter into the political arena, including Richfield’s mayor-elect Maria Regan Gonzalez.

“Edwina has been a very influential person to me,” remarked Gonzalez. “She has been so supportive and helped me connect with residents she has known for years. She has helped me become a better leader.”

In 2012, Garcia returned to municipal government after winning the election to represent Ward 2 on the Richfield City Council. She was reelected to a second term in 2016.

Throughout her career, Garcia has won numerous awards, including the City of Richfield’s Key to the City Appreciation Award, Legislator of the Year Award by the State Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW’s, the Richfield Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Award for Contributions Made to Governmental Affairs, and the Richfield Human Rights Commission’s Gene & Mary Jacobsen Outstanding Citizen Award.

“Edwina has meant a lot to the City of Richfield since she moved to the city more than 40 years ago,” explained Mayor Pat Elliott. “She is the epitome of public service. She truly weighs issues and makes decisions in terms of what is best for the city and its residents.”
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