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Juana Matias Responds To Ocasio-Cortez’s Historic Victory

Jul 01, 2018 05:28AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Juana Matias

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Team Matias.)

Lawrence, MA -- Juana Matias, State Representative and candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ third Congressional district, today hailed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s historic victory in New York. Matias called Ocasio-Cortez’s upset a sign that Democratic voters are hungry for leaders with inspiring life stories, and a history of putting people over corporate-funded politics-as-usual.

“I’m so inspired by the historic victory of another working-class Latina woman last night in New York,” said Matias. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed that voters are hungry for new leaders who will put working people first and not the corporate special interests that have funded too many Democratic campaigns. Like us, Alexandria ran on a platform championing working families: Medicare-for-All, tuition-free public college, and a $15 minimum wage. We also have both taken the important step of calling for abolishing ICE.

“It’s time for the rest of the Democratic Party to take notice: voters want real progressive champions who will put working people first. I hope that the rest of the Democratic field will follow our example and embrace a real progressive agenda.”

Rep. Juana Matias has dedicated her career to serving the communities of the Third District – as a caseworker, a legal advocate, and, currently, a state representative. The Matias family settled in Haverhill when Juana was five. 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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