Delia Garcia files for re-election to House

Three-term state Rep. Delia Garcia has filed for re-election to her seat, which represents most of downtown and a stretch of central-north Wichita.

The Democrat, who owns and operates Connie's Mexico Cafe on North Broadway, highlighted her Hispanic heritage by filing for the seat on Cinco de Mayo. In a news release, she noted that she is the only Latina in the state Legislature. Hispanic men have been elected to House seats, though.

Garcia, who was first elected in 2005, recently supported the statewide smoking ban. She voted against an attempt to override Gov. Mark Parkinson's veto of a bill rewriting state laws on late-term abortions.

She serves on the House committees on Commerce and Labor; Elections; and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security. She is also the ranking Democrat on the Local Government Committee.