Interview with Matthew Rascon, candidate for the 48th congressional district
REGION — The youngest candidate for the seat in the 48th congressional district has told The Coast News that he is making government reform his top priority.
Community volunteer Matthew Rascon is one of four candidates in the June 7 primary ballot seeking to represent California’s 48th congressional district, which now stretches from the US-Mexico border to Temecula, encompassing communities such as Poway, Santee, Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and parts of Escondido.
Incumbent Fiftieth District Rep. Darrell Issa will face Rascon, Stephen Houlahan (RN) and Lucinda Jahn (Entertainment Technician).
Rascon, 27, has his sights set on cleaning up the regulatory framework and “bringing real change” to Congress.
“For us to have better representation, real representation,” Rascon said, “first and foremost, we need to put in place better laws and regulations within Congress itself.
Rascon continued, illustrating that, as with construction projects, “you need a solid foundation or nothing will last.
“I feel like the foundation is really what the government is missing right now,” he said.
Rascon and his three opponents are vying for the two-candidate ballot on November 8. He hopes to sway voters with his policies on term limits and mandatory surrender — and hold lawmakers accountable for those who don’t comply.
Rascon proposes a two-term limit for senators and a six-term limit in the House of Representatives – calling for a 20-year maximum cap in Congress.
For Rascon, this goal prevents someone from suffocating their position and redirects political parties from incumbent-led efforts to those focused on the issues.
“The Senate is where you try to make policy for the whole state,” he said. “As a representative you should really look at your people and what they want. You are there to represent them and be their voice.
He does not believe that officials who have invested in financial interests can fairly represent the citizens of the United States.
For example, “a rep heavily invested in pharmaceutical companies is inherently more likely to pass legislation that favors those companies, inflating their own net worth, regardless of the outcome and potential repercussions,” he writes on his website. the country.
Although his main goal is to reform Congress, he knows he can’t lose touch with his home district. Town halls will be commonplace, Rascon said, as part of an ongoing effort to hear from voters about the ramifications of the regulations.
In response to a question about his immigration policy – having a district that is largely adjacent to Mexico – Rascon hopes to encourage practices that allow for something mutually beneficial. He is interested in reassessing the percentage cap per country and disbursement of where people want to go.
Praising the Highly Skilled Immigrant Equity Bill in 2019, Rascon encourages the continued welcoming of skilled workers to the United States. He would like to explore methods to encourage those who come to the United States from states or regions that are less dense in immigrants.
“When there are qualified people in a particular field, it can be beneficial to move them through different states,” he said, particularly if the person is not immigrating to be with family. “Newcomers who don’t have that connection, we could inspire them to go to other states and help them grow.”
Much like some of his opponents, Rascon thinks “the whole tax code needs an overhaul.”
He said reform would primarily be about making sure corporations and billionaires pay their fair share.
“Often their effective tax rate can be less than 10%, if that,” he said. “That, in turn, means small businesses, mid-sized businesses, average tax-paying citizens, your average American ends up paying more of their share.
“They have to support what we give to these companies,” he said.
In San Diego County, land and resource accessibility are critical to the local economy. He would like to see national independence in some of these areas.
“I feel like ordinary people – myself included – have seen with the problem of supply chains through the conflict in Ukraine that local production is quite important on the road,” Rascon said. “You never know what can happen with global politics and global conflict, which can be a huge roadblock, which can end up being a huge price hike for ordinary Americans.”
When asked how to bridge the gap between his urban and rural communities, Rason said he wanted to think outside the box — or intrigue.
Rascon said vertical farming could alleviate resource shortages, drought issues and port issues while creating more options for urban development.
“When you have this type of setup, you need less square footage of the land you’re building on, so the overall square footage can be reduced,” he said. “He focuses on things like hydroponics, where you have less special soil requirements, less water requirements. All in all, you’re really optimizing and trying to get the ratio right, so you haven’t wasted anything. »
In response to local issues, such as housing, Rascon is primarily concerned with adequate infrastructure. He said he’s heard frustrations about new developments bogging down the community.
“Traffic flow is a major concern whenever people hear about new handling items. So I think, first and foremost, it’s important to make sure we have the right infrastructure to grow from then on. lay the groundwork before moving on to the next step.
Rascon is also passionate about supporting tribal sovereignty. Although he hasn’t held any face-to-face meetings with local tribes, Rascon said he has “a few things planned for the immediate future.”
While Rascon may be the greenest candidate, he knows the 48th District well. Rascon was born and raised in San Diego County, like almost every other member of his family.
“My family somehow has been here pretty much since there’s been a San Diego,” he said, adding, “and my dad’s side of the family came with the father [Junípero] Serra.
Rascon said his campaign was not about influencing voters, but rather encouraging them to participate in civic engagement.
“Always look up everyone on the ballot. You never know which office can do what,” he said, adding that “the state’s attorney’s office can often be completely ignored in elections. So it’s not just about your rep, but every role.
Rascon worked in security and earned an associate’s degree from Grossmont Community College in 2017.