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The following article was posted on December 3rd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 39 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 39

Capps' competition for the 2014 congressional election is growing

BY AMY ASMAN


SECOND TIME AROUND
Actor Chris Mitchum is challenging Democrat Lois Capps once again with a bid for the 24th U.S. congressional district. He ran against Capps in 2012, too.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS MITCHUM

Actor and political hopeful Chris Mitchum recently announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) for the second time in two years. Mitchum finished with 20.7 percent of the vote in the 2012 primary for the 24th Congressional District. Fellow Republican Abel Maldonado beat the former Screen Actors Guild leader by 10 percentage points, but went on to get walloped by Capps in the general election.

In an open letter to his potential constituents posted on chrismitchumforcongress.com, Mitchum wrote, “As the elections in 2014 begin to take shape, one thing has become evident: this will not be about Tea Party verses [sic] Socialism nor is it about Republican verses [sic] Democrat. No, 2014 is about issues, major issues. It is about an unemployment rate that is unacceptable yet becoming the norm. It is about a national debt that is out of control. It is about continued out-of-control spending that swells that debt. It is about porous borders through which criminals flow.

“It is about a government that is consuming our economy and grows like some sci-fi monster. It is about too many restrictions on business, too many taxes, too invasive a government, health care that’s a mess and energy dependence.”

Mitchum went on to write that 2014 will be about solutions to these issues, stating, “In the following months, I shall offer up my own solutions based on solid core Principles, not platitudes to make everyone ‘feel’ good. I will welcome your comments and input.”

The site also included a request for donations and inspirational quotes from presidents George Washington and Ronald Reagan.

Mitchum could not be reached for comment as of press time.

A search of the Federal Elections Commission’s online database revealed financial committee filings for several 24th District candidates, including Mitchum, Capps, Santa Barbara City Council member Dale Francisco, and Orcutt resident Paul Coyne.