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Matt Boutte
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 24
Bachelor'sCalifornia Polytechnic State University, 2008
Master'sCalifornia Polytechnic State University, 2010
Campaign website
Matt Boutte was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 24th Congressional District of California.


Campaign themes


Boutte's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • The Long-Term Deficit
Excerpt: "As large as the deficits of the last decade have been, they’re about to grow astronomically larger. Unfunded obligations of the Federal government to programs like Social Security and Medicare exceed $60 trillion and are about to come due."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "I don’t think we’re going to see the kind of economic and job market growth we want to see until looming deficits are dealt with. There’s simply too much uncertainty about whether the Federal government will be able to meet its obligations and whether Congress will ever again be a functional institution."
  • Congressional Reform
Excerpt: "There are been a large amount of talk over the last year or so from organizations such as No Labels about congressional reform. In general, I’m supportive of such measures but do not believe they are a silver bullet. They are procedural changes that can make the substantive changes we need easier, but they won’t make the substantive changes alone."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Many people approach the energy as an either/or issue, but I think we’re still in a both/and place. It used to be that virtually all of our energy came from coal and petroleum based sources. Hopefully someday we’ll live in a world where all of our energy comes from renewable sources. But we aren’t there yet – we’re somewhere in between."



See also: California's 24th Congressional District elections, 2012

Boutte ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 24th District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[2][3]

According to the Washington Post, the 24th was a new battleground as Democrats and Republicans sought to gain control of the House. 23rd District incumbent Lois Capps, displaced into the 24th with redistricting, found herself running in a district that was nearly evenly split Democratic and Republican. She formerly had a Democratic advantage in the double-digits.[4]

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