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As a small business owner, I support Juanita Jo Matkins for 56th district delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. I’ll tell you why.
One of the main obstacles facing someone who wants to start his or her own business is the cost of health insurance. It’s hard to give up a job that provides health insurance when you are also taking all the other risks associated with stepping out on your own; especially if you have a family.
Juanita Jo believes that every citizen should be able to go to the doctor and access quality, affordable health services. She’s committed to standing up to big pharmaceutical companies by refusing their campaign contributions and finding a way to put an end to the skyrocketing prices of insulin and other prescription drugs.
Another reason that I, as a Louisa business owner, support her is that businesses need employees who are educated and have skills to do things. Juanita Jo is a strong supporter of career and technical education. She will fight to fully fund public education from preschool through college.
Having an educated work force is one of the things that will make Louisa a better place to start a business.
I have known Juanita Jo for many years. These are not empty promises—when she plans to do something she will follow through. She gets it done.
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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