26-year-old Matt Boutté to challenge Capps, Maldonado for 24th District seat

Matt Boutté
Matt Boutté

The competition in the congressional race in the newly created 24th District has just gotten a little stiffer.

Matt Boutté, a 26-year-old neophyte to politics, announced his candidacy for the district Friday. He is running as an independent.

He has entered a field that includes incumbent Democrat Lois Capps and Republican Abel Maldonado, a former lieutenant governor.

San Luis Obispo native Boutté is studying law at Georgetown University and hopes to bring balance and less partisanship to Washington. He has promised not to run negative ads or take corporate, special interest or PAC money.

His No. 1 priority is reducing the budget deficit, campaign spokesman Lance Iunker said. To reduce the deficit, Boutté thinks there needs to be a balanced approach: cuts to Social Security, the military, Medicaid and Medicare coupled with tax increases.

Boutté supported President Barack Obama’s health care law, but hopes to reduce what he sees as the continuing issue of cost.

Boutté will make a formal announcement March 7 at 4:45 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Superior Courthouse. For more information, visit his website at www.boutte2012.com.