Longjohn announces year-end fundraising total
Portage, MI – Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a national public health leader and Democratic candidate in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, announced that his campaign has raised over $330,000 from 1093 donors since announcing in July.
“I am blown away by the support this campaign is receiving from individuals all over this district, and across the country from individuals who know my record as an effective organizer. Earning so much trust and support from so many people truly humbles me and demonstrates the effectiveness of our campaign’s message and efforts. People know I’m running to improve the health and quality of life of as many people as possible and can trust the authenticity of this campaign because I’m working on the same things I’ve been working on for nearly 20 years. That means ensuring access and affordability of quality health care, protecting our environment and public schools, fighting for livable wages for working people and middle-class families, and making sure Southwest Michigan has a voice in Congress that reflects our community’s inclusive values. Fred Upton’s approach to these crucial issues is no longer coherent”, said Longjohn.
Longjohn continued, “Raising this much money has been especially significant because I have refused to take any corporate PAC money. I haven’t spent 30 or 40 years in Washington building a network of supporters who feel they owe me political favors, and—unlike other campaigns—we haven’t had to use $100,000 in self-funding to boost our fundraising totals to appear viable. We are running a completely authentic campaign, 100% of our money is from individuals, and I’m proud of our work,” said Longjohn.
Since Longjohn kicked off his campaign in July, he has traveled more than 10,000 miles across the district, which includes Michigan’s Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, and St. Joseph Counties. In recent weeks, national media outlets have identified Longjohn’s campaign as one of the top three in the country to watch in the national health care debate in 2018.
About Matt Longjohn
Dr. Longjohn is a fifth-generation Michigander who has spent his career in working to improve the health care of all Americans. Most recently, Longjohn 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 health care costs and create jobs. He and his team were identified as being among the top 100 innovators in health care in the U.S in 2016 and supported local community health workers in Augusta, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and more than 250 cities across the nation, positively impacting 73 million people. He currently lives in Portage with his wife Valerie Miller and their younger son Max. Their older son Till is serving in the U.S. Air Force