Garcia still intends to face Sprague in the Republican primary election Sept. 15, according to her campaign spokesman Brendan Quinn. Sprague withdrew her request for Democratic Party support prior to the first meeting.
"Some Republicans may try to use the Democratic endorsement against Ms. Garcia, but her policy has always been that she serves all the residents of Essex County," said Quinn, affirming that Garcia would remain a Republican despite receiving the endorsement of Democrats. "She has no plans to switch parties."
As the endorsed Republican candidate, Sprague looks for her party's support to be affirmed in the primary.
"I am anticipating and am ready for a two party race in November," she said.