(TheProudRepublic.com) – Steve Garvey, renowned for helping the Los Angeles Dodgers secure the World Series title in 1981, is embarking on a new endeavor, aiming to transition from the baseball field to the political arena by running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in California.
Garvey, a former National League MVP who played for the Dodgers for 14 years and later for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1987, has deep roots in the Golden State.
In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, the 74-year-old shared that he was approached by both Republicans and Democrats who suggested he consider a run for office.
He decided that the time was right, driven by his perception of a growing dysfunction in Washington and a lack of focus on the people by career politicians.
“I like to think of myself as a concerned citizen. I started seeing a severe dysfunction in Washington. Career politicians were focusing on the business of politics and not the people,” Garvey said. “And I decided if there isn’t a voice in California, then I should take a few months and see if there’s a pathway for Steve Garvey to run for the U.S. Senate.”
He expressed a commitment to represent the interests of Californians and address critical issues such as the quality of life, crime, and education.
Garvey voiced concerns about the stagnant quality of life, the impact of inflation on families, rising crime rates, and the need for support of law enforcement. He also emphasized the importance of investing in education to help children catch up on learning lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garvey acknowledged the uphill battle he faces, as a Republican hasn’t been elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate since 1988. However, he believes that his reputation as a dependable, passionate, and compassionate individual, coupled with his track record in baseball, will set him apart from other candidates.
As to what makes him different, he replied, “Well, I’ve always said the two most important days of our life are the day we’re born and the day we understand why.” He also said, “People know me. They know me from the standpoint of when I take office a year from now, that I’ll go to bat for them every day. I played in 1,207 games – seven and a half straight years of going to my corner office at first base. People know that I’m dependable and passionate about my beliefs and I’m a true patriot.”
The general election for the U.S. Senate seat in California is scheduled for November 5, 2024, with the primary set for March 5, 2024. Garvey’s campaign represents a fresh voice and perspective that aims to address the concerns of Californians and contribute to changing the dynamics and culture of Washington.