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Matt Kokkonen makes official campaign announcement 

Republican candidate for congress coins himself, ‘The Legal Immigrant’

Photo from Linkedin.

Photo from Linkedin.

–Republican Matt Kokkonen made an official congressional campaign announcement Monday at 5 p.m. at Sands Inn & Suites in San Luis Obispo.

As a legal immigrant from Finland, Kokkonen says he appreciates, “the unalienable rights we have for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness granted to us by our Creator.” Kokkonen left Finland at the age of 16 by himself, worked and played soccer to get through Westmont College in Santa Barbara, met his wife Jean at Westmont and started his career as a financial advisor 40 years ago in San Luis Obispo. The two have two children and two granddaughters.

Kokkonen says he wants to:

1. Stop the iIllegal invasion
2. Fight radical islam
3. Stop borrowing money
4. Eliminate common core
5. Follow the constitution

Kokkonen is running for the seat that Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) will leave vacant for the 24th Congressional District, which encompasses Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and part of Ventura County.

Also running for the seat: Democrat Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Republican Justin Fareed, Democrat Salud Carbajal, and Democrat William Ostrander, and Republican Tyler Gross.



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