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August 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A longshot candidate makes case for Congressional 2nd District

Citizens frustrated with the Democratic and Republican parties are running longshot campaigns for Congress. Meet one: John C. W. Shoop in Washington’s 2nd Congressional District.

EVERETT — With an easy smile and a wide gait, John C.W. Shoop tips his black cowboy hat to passers-by as he strides into a Hadian for Governor event at Forest Park in Everett.

John C.W. Shoop

John C.W. Shoop struck a patriotic pose on July 24, 2012. (Photo by Amber Cortes/UW Election Eye)

“How’re you doing, John?” someone asks Shoop.

“Living the dream,” he replies. “Living the dream.”

The self-described filmmaker, pilot, real estate entrepreneur, and survivalist is asking for just five seconds of people’s time to check the box next to his name on the August 7 primary ballot.

He is a Republican-affiliated candidate for Congressional District 2, along with two other Republicans and a pair of third party candidates hoping to unseat incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen. The favorite for the Republican nod on Tuesday is Dan Matthews, who has a long list of names on his endorsements webpage. Shoop doesn’t have an endorsements page.

The names of two of these six candidates will make it onto the November ballot. If you give Shoop those five seconds he’s requesting, the ex-Marine promises to give you two years of his life as a U.S. Congressional representative. He’s a longshot, he knows.

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