Fueled by grassroots support, Juanita Jo Matkins, the Democratic nominee for the 56th District House of Delegates seat, posted strong fundraising numbers during the year’s second reporting period, April 1 to May 30.
Matkins outraised her opponent, Republican John McGuire, for the second consecutive fundraising period. She hauled in $17,201 in cash and in-kind contributions.
Matkins showed particular strength with small donors, collecting 120 total cash contributions, including 81 donations of $100 or less. And, she is not accepting donations from large corporations or corporate PACS.
“I am gratified by so much grassroots support. This campaign is people-powered and these donations reflect that,” Matkins said. “Since my campaign began in early March, I’ve travelled across this district, knocking doors and meeting with community groups. People are eager for new, accountable representation in Richmond. I intend to go to the General Assembly and fight for the people here in the 56th district and ensure their voices are heard on the House floor.”
A longtime resident of Louisa County, Matkins is a former teacher and college professor. She taught in Louisa schools for 20 years, first at a small private school and then in Louisa County Public Schools. Afterwards, she taught as a professor of science education at the College of William and Mary for 11 years.
Matkins is eager to put her knowledge and experience to work for the people of the 56th District, and it is clear that her message is resonating with voters.
“As a teacher, I understand the critical role education plays in changing and improving lives. I also know that not all Virginians have the same advantages or access to the same opportunities,” Matkins said. “I am committed to fighting for fairness for 56th District residents and all Virginians. From ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and strengthening our nondiscrimination laws to prioritizing public education and ensuring everyone has access to affordable health care, I’m determined to work for positive change for my community and beyond.”
House of Delegates District 56 includes all of Louisa County and parts of Henrico, Goochland and Spotsylvania counties. The General Election will be held Nov. 5th.