Phoenix developers raise funds for a new city councilman, a self-proclaimed outsider

Carlos Garcia

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

Throughout his successful campaign for Phoenix City Council, Carlos Garcia painted himself as the ultimate political outsider.

He had never run for office. He’s an immigrant born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. He ran a migrant-rights organization for more than a decade, taking on the likes of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Senator Russell Pearce.

During his inauguration on June 6, he celebrated as his supporters cheered “Si Se Puede.” He swore to them that he would not change now that he’d reached City Hall.