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Tuesday November 5th is Election Day and you get to exercise your right to vote. One of the races is our 56th VA District Delegate seat and our candidates are Juanita Jo Matkins and John McGuire
Juanita Jo has lived, worked and raised a family here in Louisa County for 40 years. As a teacher here for 20 years, she understands the role our school system plays in educating our youth and preparing them for their future and the future of our community. She has lived through the recession of 2008 which saw public education funding by the State of Virginia plummet.
She supports expanding funding for public education including trade schools and returning it to the 2008 levels. Juanita Jo supports significant expansion of rural broadband for our citizens. She has been a witness to the civil rights movement here in Virginia and the organized stall of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) by the Republican Party. Juanita Jo believes all Virginians should have a fair chance and supports the passage of the ERA.
She believes corporations too often buy their way into the political process at the expense of rural citizens. She does not accept contributions from large corporations. She believes every citizen should have access to quality and affordable healthcare and supports the expansion of Medicaid, and has spoken at hundreds of events and is open to meeting and speaking with you.
Her opponent is “No Show” John McGuire. You see a lot of his signs but seldom see him or hear him speak. John is not from these parts and he had to rent a place in the 56th District to qualify to be a candidate in the 2017 election.
In Henrico and Goochland, McGuire has great broadband and cannot quite relate to our problems.
He has not supported Medicaid expansion in Virginia and has voted consistently against it. McGuire has refused to commit to raising our State financial support for education to 2008 levels.
John introduced and supported the ERA until he discovered Virginia Republicans opposed it! Now he is a staunch opponent and voted to kill it in com
“Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex” That’s it! Very straight forward! No hidden meanings!
McGuire does a photo op with the Girl Scouts in the morning and denies them equal right in the afternoon! I don’t understand how any woman could support those who oppose the ERA.
What has McGuire done in his first term? Not much!
He voted against prohibiting texting while driving (twice) and against increasing the age for purchasing tobacco/vaping, and twice voted against the ERA. Look at his donations – Dominion, Pfizer, TitleMax, Hospital Corporation of America, beer, wine and liquor distributors, tobacco distributors, auto dealers’ association, building contractors, and other lobbyists.
Follow the money! They want a return on their investment from McGuire!
I will vote for Juanita Jo Matkins on Tuesday November 5th and I urge you to do the same!
Editor’s Note: this letter originally appeared in the October 24th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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