Candidate: Antonio Garcia Jr.
I was born in Bishop and raised in Bishop, but dropped out of high school. I moved to California after I married/eloped with my first girlfriend. Nine years and three kids later, we divorced. I stayed in California and remarried a few years later. I have been with my second wife, Agustina, and our three daughters for 35 years. We moved to Florida in 1998. I was 50 years old when I received my GED. In 2009, my wife and I moved back to Bishop to care for my mother.
She was in poor health and she passed away one year later. To keep us here in Bishop, my sister convinced me to run for city council.
I did and I won last year. In the mean time, I lost two younger brothers to cancer, along with my mother, in 15 months. I believe I was kept here for a reason.
What is the biggest issue facing the City of Bishop?
As a city council member, I saw that our town is in need of a complete makeover. People trust and confide in me enough to tell me what we need in our community, because they see that I like to get involved in anything that has to do with bringing our community back to what it once was - a thriving community full of life and businesses.
How would you work to address this?
I volunteered to be on the Centennial Committee, and I am a co-chair member on the Long Beard and Long Mustache contest, also a co-chair member on an old-fashioned baseball game. Also, I'm a co-chair member on a low rider and antique car show. I'm also a member of the E.M.S. Task Force Committee, where we are trying to get the 9-1-1 E.M.S to pass on the upcoming election, May 8. And finally, in Bishop our family on my mom's side, the Guajardos, are planning to dedicate a monument on the west side of Bishop in honor of our grandfather, Gregorio Guajardo, and other leading citizens in the community who were involved in educating and entertaining our citizens during the 1930s and 1940s.