Republican Matt Larkin running for 8th Congressional District

Republican Matt Larkin spoke to KING 5 about why he took over as incumbent Kim Schrier in Washington’s 8th Congressional District.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It is a competitive race between pediatricians and business owners that can create a balance of power in Congress.

Matt Larkin hopes to oust two-term Democratic U.S. Representative Kim Schrier in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, a large and diverse district that includes both sides of the Cascades.

The area encompasses tech-rich Seattle suburbs and stretches across the Cascades to central Washington farmland in Chelan and Kittitas counties, including Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Ellensburg.

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Larkin is a father of four, a wealthy Washington man, a lawyer who worked for the Bush administration and now runs his family’s manufacturing business.

KING 5 interviewed Larkin on a variety of topics and what he believes sets him apart from Schrier.

KING 5 also interviewed Kim Schrier about why she’s running for a third term. Click here to watch that interview.

About why he runs

“I thought I was going to be the one on the sidelines writing the speech, and I thought I was going to be a lawyer,” Larkin said. started to see the situation worsen. We started to see our crimes increase. We’re starting to see our homelessness problem grow worse and raising 4 kids here, it’s just unsettling. “

On why he chose the campaign slogan, ‘Make Crime Back Illegal’

“Well, there’s a pervasive feeling that it’s legal right now,” Larkin said. “Even in Woodinville, our friends texted us saying their car was stolen from their driveway. It’s in Woodinville, and this is becoming more and more normal across the state. Crime is out of control and everyone feels it. These law enforcement officers need our help. They need our support. They need federal funding. We can tie federal dollars to law enforcement, we can reconnect ICE with state and local law enforcement to really help. “

Where he is banned from abortion nationwide

“This is a deeply personal and emotional issue for people on both sides,” Larkin said. in my life i have seen my wife carry these four little miracles from conception to delivery and that has pretty much influenced my worldview of this,while witnessing ​each of those kids came into my world and I said that from the start and I think as a culture we need to do as much as we can to celebrate life. I didn’t say I would vote for that. I want to see what’s in it. I will not speculate on hypothetical legislation. I will not. “

How to reduce inflation

“We have to dominate in reckless federal spending,” says Larkin, “We are spending like drunken sailors right now in Washington, D.C. Billions of dollars in spending bill after spending bill. spend trillions of dollars. It seems like every week a new big bill is being pushed up. Whether it’s doubling the size of the IRS or a student loan forgiveness. All of this, this wish list that Kim Schrier voted on, is contributing to our inflation. Now is not the time to continue printing money. Now is not the time to keep spending money. Now is the time to tighten the federal belt. “

On addressing the homelessness crisis

“I’m always asked, ‘What can you do from Congress to address homelessness in Wenatchee?’ “You can tighten our southern border, which is open,” Larkin said. “We’re having a crisis on the southern border. Drugs from China are spilling across the Mexican border into our communities. me addiction and the homeless.”

About what he wants people to know before they vote

“I want them to know who I am,” says Larkin, “I am a caring father of four young children. I am a minor league coach. I love my community. I love my state and I’m just a guy who raised his hand and said, ‘I don’t like the way this is going.’ It is clear that we are trending in the wrong direction and I am fighting for this position. “

On Friday, October 28, Larkin and Schrier will take part in the debate at Central Washington University. You can watch the debate starting at 7pm live on KONG, on and on KING 5+.

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