Garvey, a one-time National League MVP, played for the Dodgers for 14 years and the San Diego Padres for another five. He believes that now is the right time to enter politics and bring a fresh voice to Washington.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Garvey explained his motivation for running for office. He expressed concern about the dysfunction in Washington and the focus on politics rather than the needs of the people. Garvey sees himself as a concerned citizen and believes that if there isn't a voice in California, he should step up and run for the U.S. Senate.
Garvey, 74, has been talking to Californians across the state and believes it is refreshing for him to ask for their opinions instead of telling them what's good for them. He believes that California is in a state of malaise and that it's time for a fresh voice with fresh ideas to represent the people and improve their quality of life.
Garvey identified several issues plaguing Californians, including the stagnant quality of life, rising crime rates, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. He believes that inflation has caused families to rethink their daily lives and struggle to afford housing. He also emphasized the need to support law enforcement and ensure that criminals are prosecuted. Additionally, Garvey highlighted the importance of investing in education and helping children catch up after the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Garvey acknowledged that his campaign will face an uphill battle. A Republican hasn't been elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate since 1988. However, he believes that his experience as a baseball player and his reputation for common sense and compassion will resonate with voters. Garvey is confident that people know him and trust that he will fight for them every day, just as he did during his baseball career.
The race for the U.S. Senate seat in California will be highly competitive. On the Democratic side, heavy hitters such as Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee are expected to run. The Republican candidates include James Bradley, Sarah Sun Liew, Eric Early, and Jonathan Reiss.
The general election is scheduled for November 5, 2024, with the primary taking place on March 5, 2024. Garvey will have to navigate a challenging political landscape to secure the Republican nomination and ultimately win the seat.
However, with his name recognition and reputation, he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Washington and make a positive impact on the lives of Californians.