GOP Rising Star Launches House Bid in New Hampshire

New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced Monday that she will enter the Republican primary for a targeted House race for the party. "To solve our country’s problems, we have to change the kind of people we send to Washington and that’s why I’m running for Congress," Garcia tweeted on Monday. Garcia joins former state Sen. Gary Lambert in the primary to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. New Hampshire's 2nd District, which President Barack Obama carried by 10 points in 2012, has switched party hands in three out of the past four elections. Republicans have viewed Garcia, a four-term member of the state House, as a rising star in the party. If she passed on this race, it was only a matter of time before she was recruited to run for another higher office. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Garcia is a conservative, 30-year-old "accomplished harpist" and adjunct professor of music at Phillips Exeter Academy. Garcia told the Union Leader's John DiStaso, who broke the news of her candidacy, that it's important that her "generation step up, have a voice and claim responsibility in decision-making about the future of our country." Garcia's campaign website calls her a "new generation conservative" and states that she wants to replace Obamacare with "bottom-up, consumer-driven solutions." Lambert, Garcia's primary competition, recently reached the first step in the National Republican Congressional Committee's program that ensures campaigns meet organizational benchmarks. He had $173,000 in cash on hand as of the end of September. Kuster, who defeated then-Rep. Charles Bass by 5 points last year, had $810,000 on hand. New Hampshire's 2nd District race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.