SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jeff Frankenfield is one of four candidates running for U.S. Congress, 24th District.
"I’ve always felt the need to serve my community or my country. I started out early as a U.S. Marine Corps serving my country, and since then I’ve always tried to serve my community," he said.
Frankenfield served as a chaplain at the Santa Barbara City Police Department.
He also coached high school football.
"I love that age group. I love the future husbands and fathers of our community. I want to impact them. I know they’re going through a lot," said Frankenfield.
Frankenfield believes in making a difference in people’s lives by getting to know them one on one.
“Getting to talk to so many people with different backgrounds and socioeconomic status, just a huge diversity of people has been an absolute joy. The reason I bring it up is I do want to help people. It is a privilege and I’m passionate about it," said Frankenfield.
Some of Frankenfield’s top priorities include tackling issues with homelessness, housing, and inflation.
"The thing that’s on my mind right now is the inflation issue. I feel like there’s a list of like 9, 10, 11 or 12 things that need to be done at the federal level, and that we need to work on. But I think the cost of energy, the cost of gas prices, and the food costs are affecting us all. The more research I’ve done, it’s not a short-term fix, it’s not a magic bullet. It’s taking us a couple of decades to get to this point, and we now have some challenges. And it’s going to take some time," said Frankenfield.
If elected, Frankenfield said he’ll focus on creating more energy sources, as well as water conservation.
“We need to figure out how we can save as much water as we can. I know people don’t like to build dams, and they don’t like to build all these different things. But we need to figure out some way where we don’t just lose all the water when it does come and flow out the ocean." said Frankenfield. “I’m more excited than ever because I realize I can impact and I can help more people than I had access to before.”
For the full interview with candidate Jeff Frankenfield, play the YouTube video below.