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Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán Endorses Juana Matias For Congress

May 08, 2018 06:45AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Juana Matias

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Juana Matias for Congress.)

Lawrence, MA - State Rep. Juana Matias announced the endorsement of Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44), in her campaign for Congress in Massachusetts’ Third District.

“I am excited to endorse Juana Matias in her campaign for Congress,” Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán said.”Juana and I share similar stories, and have fought hard our entire lives to have a seat at the table, and ensure our communities’ voices are heard -- no matter the barriers we faced. As a member of Congress, I know Juana would be a strong advocate for working families, and an ally in the resistance to this administration. I look forward to calling her a colleague soon.”

“The American Dream is under threat, and this campaign is about ensuring our working families have the champion they need in Congress.” Matias said. “Congresswoman Barragán is a real fighter, and embodies exactly what makes this country great. She has spent her career breaking barriers, and making history -- and I am thrilled to have her support. We are building real momentum, and I look forward to making history if elected, by becoming the first Latina in all of New England to serve in Congress.”

Rep. Matias has dedicated her career to serving the communities of the Third District. As a social worker, she served children and families in Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell. As an attorney with AmeriCorps, she advocated for undocumented children who were going to be taken from their parents. As the State Representative for the 16th Essex District, which encompasses Lawrence, Rep. Matias has been an ardent supporter of measures to keep our communities safe, improve our public schools, and create good-paying, 21st century jobs. Juana’s success serves as an inspiring testament to the pursuit of the American dream. Her family came to the Merrimack Valley when she was only five years old. Her father worked in Lawrence for 20 years as a machine operator at PolarTec. Like many parents in the United States, he strived to provide a better life for his children, Juana and her three brothers. If elected, Juana would be New England’s first Latina member of Congress.
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