Kennewick attorney George Cicotte announced Thursday that he will run for the congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings.
Cicotte, a Republican, was flanked by his wife, Wendy, and six of their seven children at a news conference in the law offices of Leland Kerr, who serves as Pasco's city attorney.
"As we work together through this campaign, you will find that I am the only logical choice to represent the district at this precarious point in time," he said.
Cicotte will be able to help with Hanford issues because he represents Hanford contractors and has worked for the Department of Energy on federal legal issues, he said.
"My experience will benefit our entire district as I apply my expertise to keep the Hanford economic engine running at full speed," he said.
Cicotte has more than 20 years experience working in federal health care law, which he said will give him the ability to take on the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
He will try to take Obamacare apart piece by piece if it can't be repealed entirely, he said.
"I'm the only person with the relevant experience to dismantle Obamacare and put our country back in fighting shape again," he said.
Cicotte also cares about Constitutional rights, particularly those involving freedom of religion, he said.
"The government has no business deciding which beliefs are worthy of protection," he said.
He began his news conference by telling reporters that his name is pronounced "sea-cot," adding that it "sounds a lot like Seahawk."
He has been endorsed by many business and political leaders, he said, though the only one he would name is Roger Hastings -- Doc Hastings' brother -- who is the founder of Petersen Hastings Investment.
Cicotte declined to give specifics on his plans when asked after his speech.
He also wouldn't say whether he would support keeping House Speaker John Boehner in place.
Cicotte was offered a job as counsel with a House committee chaired by Boehner in 2001, but decided instead to return to Washington state.
"We'll be glad to give you lots more details as we move forward," Cicotte said.
Cicotte also had news conferences scheduled Thursday in Yakima and Moses Lake.