Juana Matias Announces Justice Democrats’ Endorsement
Apr 15, 2018 06:38AM
By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of Juana Matias.)Lawrence, MA - Juana Matias gained the endorsement of progressive group Justice Democrats in her race to represent the third district of Massachusetts in Congress. Justice Democrats is a national organization that is dedicated to getting everyday, working people elected to Congress and changing the face of politics.
“Juana Matias is a champion for the working class and a progressive leader.” Alexandra Rojas, Justice Democrats Campaigns Director said. “She has spent her life serving her community. First, as a social worker and then as an attorney defending minors in immigration proceedings, and when she saw a community in need, she ran a grassroots campaign against a 25-year incumbent to become the first Latina immigrant elected to the State House.”
Rojas continued “As a working-class candidate, Juana knows what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck, to have college debt, and how difficult it is to navigate our healthcare system when a loved one is ill. She is exactly the kind of fighter and voice we need in Washington, and we are thrilled to support her historic campaign for Congress.”
“This campaign is about putting working people first, and ensuring the American Dream has a fighting chance.” Matias said. “I am thrilled to have the support of Justice Democrats, who share the same values as my campaign, and who are committed to electing a new generation of progressive leadership in Washington. With their support, I know we can get our message out and ensure the working families of the third district have the champion they deserve in Washington.”
Rep. Matias has dedicated her career to serving the communities of the Third District – as a social worker, as an attorney, and as a state representative. The Matias family settled in Haverhill when Juana was five, coming from the Dominican Republic. Juana’s parents spent nearly 20 years working blue-collar factory jobs, often at minimum wages, to provide for Juana and her three brothers. They would eventually save enough to start a small family business and achieve their American Dream. Juana attended Haverhill’s public schools and worked her way through UMass Boston and Suffolk Law School. If elected, she would be New England’s first Latina member of Congress.
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