Sean Flynn
Congressional candidate Sean Flynn. (Sean Flynn for Congress)

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

Another Republican has entered the race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), a first-term congressman whose Inland Empire seat is considered vulnerable this fall by both national Democrats and Republicans.

Sean Flynn, an associate professor of economics at Scripps College in Claremont, is a late entry into a race that had until recently looked like a rematch between Aguilar and Paul Chabot, a Republican military veteran who narrowly lost the 2014 contest for the then-open 31st Congressional District.

The 42-year-old professor’s campaign will stress his economic credentials — he literally wrote the book “Economics for Dummies” — and his takes on healthcare and education as he works to find a salient issue in an area dealing with high unemployment.

“I believe I can bring ideas that can appeal to the middle in addition to both sides,” Flynn told The Times. “I’d like to go to Washington and push forward on the middle ground essentially where real good policy solutions lie.”

On social issues, Flynn said he is opposed to abortion except in cases of rape and incest or if the life or health of the mother is in danger. He is in favor of letting state legislatures or voters directly decide on whether same-sex couples can get married.

The first-time candidate for public office will have to spend heavily and hit the streets constantly if he wants voters to recognize his name on the June primary ballot.

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