Saugatuck Mandate endorses Matt Longjohn for Congress
Portage, MI – Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a public health leader and the former National Health Officer for the YMCA, announced his campaign for Congress had been endorsed by local community activist group Saugatuck Mandate.
“We invited all six Democratic candidates running to unseat Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th District to our monthly meetings over the past several months. We found each of them to be dedicated, wonderful people, but Dr. Matt Longjohn sent a spark through our organization, inspiring us with his history, his oath, and his ability and readiness to run a national campaign to flip this important seat. So we are happy to endorse his candidacy, and we will back him with all of our energy and resources” said, Dr. Henry Mulder, Saugatuck Mandate, Indivisible group leader.
Matt has spent his entire career creating and running large community health programs that have improved the lives of millions of children, families, and seniors. Most recently, Matt served as the National Health Officer for the YMCA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest charities. He was the first physician leader in the Y’s 170-year history, and ran community health programs to improve health, reduce costs and create jobs. One of these programs reduced new cases of diabetes by up to 71%, and will save Medicare $1.9 billion over 10 years by employing thousands of community health workers to help their neighbors live their healthier lives. He and his team supported local community work in Augusta, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and 250 other cities across the nation, positively impacting 73 million people.