Democratic primary voters need to know about Juana’s life story. Juana Matias immigrated to this country from the Dominican Republic when she was five years old, and growing up her parents worked factory jobs, often at minimum wages, to support her and her siblings. After graduating from law school, she continued to serve the community, first as a Legal Advocate defending undocumented children from deportation in court and then as a state representative, where she’s fought to ensure that police officers are able to focus on public safety rather than acting as immigration enforcement agents who separate families.
- In 2013, Juana’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They had good healthcare through Medicaid, but she still needed to fight make sure he could get his treatments that they could never afford otherwise. Juana believes healthcare is a right and she will fight Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress from repealing Obamacare and will work to strengthen it by providing healthcare for everyone.
- Matias will stand up to Donald Trump and the NRA to address gun violence. In Congress, she will work to pass common sense gun laws such as closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, improving mental health services so that the dangerously mentally ill cannot purchase guns and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
- In the State House, Juana sponsored the Safe Communities Act, which prevents state and local police from acting as immigration enforcement agents and ensures they are there to solve crimes, not separate families. In Congress, no one will fight harder than Matias to protect our immigrant communities and fight Trump’s dangerous and racist policies.
- Juana is running a grassroots campaign, knocking on doors and listening to voters. She’s seen how rigged our campaign finance system is for those who can raise and spend the most money from their wealthy friends and special interests. In Congress, Matias will support public financing of elections and eliminate the ability of corporations to make unlimited, secret donations to campaigns, to ensure that our representative speaks for the people of their district, and no one else.