When it comes to local politics, it doesn’t take long for Matt Shea’s name to come up.
The 4th District representative often sees plenty of ink and airtime over his ongoing feud with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, his conservative politics that have seen him traveling to Oregon and Nevada for constitutional protests, and his “Freedom Agenda” in Olympia.
But of all his potential challengers for his 2016 run for a fifth term in office, Shea is faced by Democrat Scott Stucker, a reported Bernie Sanders supporter who has shied away from media attention. (So shy, in fact, he did not return answers to this questionnaire).
Family/How long living in the area: Four generations minus an eight-year stint in Bellingham, Wash., and four years in the military.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I want to honor the sacrifice of our veterans by ensuring government protects our God-given unalienable rights to life, liberty, property and the ability to defend the same so that our children and our grandchildren can live in peace and prosperity and freedom.
What are your goals for the next legislative session?
- Getting government out of the way of our small businesses so they can create jobs and get Washington working again.
- Honoring our veterans and the promises we have made them
- Lowering taxes.
- Continue fighting to stop state funding of abortion and attempts to mandate the payment of abortions by insurance companies.
- Currently, in Washington, it takes five convictions for DUI and seven convictions for grand theft auto until a criminal sees serious jail time. That is absolutely unacceptable and I will continue working to reduce the numbers of convictions to three for each.
- Passing an amendment to the state Constitution making the two-thirds vote requirement to raise taxes permanently, so don't have to vote on it every four years.
- My other priority goals include safer streets and neighborhoods, access to affordable health care, a first-class education for our children, well-maintained roads, and completion of the North-South freeway through Spokane.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the 4th District in the immediate future? Government overregulation of business is driving businesses across the border to Idaho.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? As I have been talking with people during the campaign two messages are coming through loud and clear. First, they are sick and tired of politicians that do not listen to the people and that say one thing on the campaign trail and do another in City Hall, Olympia, or Washington, D.C. Second, people just want government to stop trying to regulate and control every facet of their daily lives.
What differences separate you from your opponent? My opponent believes that bringing bigger government and raising taxes back will grow the middle class. I believe that big government lends itself to corruption and lack of efficiency and along with higher taxes actually destroys the middle class. Bureaucracies and special programs consume the resources and capital that would otherwise expand the economy and allow the creation of jobs. Bureaucracies shackle the American entrepreneurial spirit, stifling the middle class. I believe in limiting government, unshackling the American spirit, and empowering the free enterprise system so that we can retain and create jobs in the private sector.
Also, I have won the endorsement of many associations, businesses, and individuals. One such example is the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the largest organization (approximately 4,500 members) in Washington representing rank and file deputies and officers, for my "support of public safety and law enforcement officers.
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