John Garcia ‘s family left their small pueblo in New Mexico in hopes of finding a better life in California. John was raised in the Bay Area. As a young adult he worked his way up to becoming manager of an equipment company. Eventually he became a Carpenter and a Job Steward for the Carpenter’s Union. In 1996 John spent a year in Idaho, where he experienced racism personally, an experience that stayed with him, and cemented his determination to fight injustice.
In 2000 John and his wife, Terry, move to Sonora, California in the heart of the 4th Congressional District. Once settled in Tuolumne County, John worked for more than decade as a Substance Abuse Counselor for Native American people. In 2012 John retired to spend time with his wife, their horse, mule, chickens and Chihuahua.
The 2016 election results inspired John and Terry to start Tuolumne County Indivisible (TCI). What started as a small Facebook group has now grown to over 500 active members. John has worked tirelessly organizing events in the area bringing people together to fight for issues such as affordable health care, the environment, immigration, women’s issues, human rights and most recently preparing for elections in 2018. His most recent endeavor has been the Tuolumne County Indivisible Festival, an event aimed at bringing like-minded people together for a fun day of networking, music, workshops and speakers.