EPHRATA – A man with a business in Soap Lake wants to make a change in Washington, D.C.
Photographer Gavin Seim is running to represent the fourth district of Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is hoping to replace Rep. Doc Hastings, who announced he planned to retire at the end of his term.
Seim’s plan to run for the position predated Hastings announcement though, according to his website. The 29-year-old man planned to run against the incumbent because he believed Hastings had positions that contradicted the U.S. Constitution.
“I’m running for Congress because America is losing its freedom and its jobs,” Seim stated. “I’m focused on restoring our Constitution and restoring our economy.”
The candidate’s platform includes cutting government regulation such as the Affordable Care Act and gun control. He argued the National Security Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service all overreach.
“Government must be limited, so that liberty can be preserved,” he stated. “I will stand against lawless behavior, corrupt judges and lies.”
He opposes the legalization of abortion and stated gay marriage should be an issue handled by states.
The candidate also supports ending certain trade agreements, which he sees as promoting global and United Nations agendas.
“Real free markets are a good thing. The devil is in the details,” he stated. “We need to stay out of globalist agreements and the United Nations agenda so we can focus on America,” he stated.