Matt Longjohn releases year-end fundraising numbers

Matt Longjohn releases year-end fundraising numbers

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

Doctor and Public Health Leader Matt Longjohn comments on the Government Shutdown

Doctor and Public Health Leader Matt Longjohn comments on the Government Shutdown

Matt Longjohn comments on the Government Shutdown 

Portage, MI – Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a public health leader and the former National Health Officer for the YMCA, commented on the government shut down.

“We expect the people we send to Washington to do their jobs and they have failed at the most basic task-keeping the government open.  The failure on the part of Fred Upton, Donald Trump and Washington Republicans to keep the government open shows we need new leadership in Washington that can accomplish something, not just have incompetence and gridlock”, said Longjohn. 

More Information about Dr. Matt Longjohn 

Dr. Longjohn 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 decreased new cases of diabetes by up to 71% and will save Medicare $1.9 billion over ten 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.

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 ten 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.

Doctor and Public Health Leader Matt Longjohn comments on the Republican Tax Scam passed today

Doctor and Public Health Leader Matt Longjohn comments on the Republican Tax Scam passed today

Matt Longjohn comments on Republican Tax Scam 

Portage, MI – Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a public health leader and the former National Health Officer for the YMCA, commented on the tax bill that was passed today by the House Representatives and voted Yes on by Fred Upton.

“Fred Upton once again chose to sell out his constituents by voting for the Tax Bill. This Bill will increase the deficit by $1.5 Trillion, and gives permanent massive tax cuts to corporations while only giving temporary and small relief to the majority of working families.  Our children will be responsible for paying off all this new debt to pay for this corporate give-away while having to work harder to keep up with the rising costs of health care. The Tax Bill was written behind closed doors, with only corporate lobbyist input, and it’s no wonder the big winners are the corporate lobbyists and their clients.  Among other things, Mr. Upton’s vote will result in 27,700 people in this district not having health care coverage. His lack of leadership in protecting people’s health is also evident in his inaction in getting the Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorized.  Letting these things happen while bending to the wishes of his donors shows once again that Fred’s values don’t reflect those of many families in this district, and he’s focused on the wrong things.  When I get to Washington I will never vote for any bill that does as much harm to middle-class southwest Michiganders as this one does”, said Longjohn. 

About Matt:

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.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Saugatuck Mandate.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Saugatuck Mandate.

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.

 

About Matt:

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.

Matt Longjohn releases statement on Congressman Upton being named to the tax conference committee

Matt Longjohn releases statement on Congressman Upton being named to the tax conference committee

Dr. Longjohn makes a statement on Upton being named to the tax committee responsible for merging the House & Senate tax bills

Portage, MI –  Dr. Matt Longjohn, a public health leader and candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 6th district, today released a statement on Congressman Fred Upton being named to the tax conference committee.

“Congressman Upton played a crucial role in delivering the final votes necessary to pass the Republican health care plan. Now he is going to play a crucial role in putting the final touches on a tax-scam that will protect his corporate and special interest donors. The people of Southwest Michigan need leaders in Congress who will fight tirelessly for the middle class and small businesses, not exclusively billionaires and wealthy corporations.”

About Matt Longjohn:

 Dr. Matt Longjohn is running for Congress to improve the health and quality of life for everyone in Southwest Michigan.

As a doctor and former National Health Officer for YMCA, Matt is uniquely qualified to deliver solutions that will improve access to affordable, quality health care. He will be a powerful voice against the plans by Washington politicians and special interests to force middle-class families to pay more for less care, cause millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and gut long-term care for seniors.

Matt’s commitment to public service is grounded in his deep ties to Southwest Michigan and growing up in a tight-knit middle-class community. His family’s roots in Southwest Michigan go back to the Civil War, and he is a proud graduate of Portage Northern and Kalamazoo College.

Matt Longjohn’s Statement on Upton’s Decision to Not Run for Senate

Matt Longjohn’s Statement on Upton’s Decision to Not Run for Senate

Portage, MI –  Dr. Matt Longjohn, a national public health leader and candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 6th district, today released a statement on Fred Upton’s announcement for re-election.

“Congressman Upton will have to deal with his increasingly out of touch record in 2018 as he seeks his 16th term. His reliable support for Speaker Ryan’s failed agenda this year has been painfully apparent. I entered this race to provide a sharp contrast to his increasingly out of touch record in Washington, and to provide new innovative solutions that will improve the health and quality of life of people here in Southwest Michigan. In 2018, voters will have a great chance to hold Mr. Upton and his lobbyist friends accountable for years of failed policy and send new leadership to Congress,” said Longjohn. 

 

About Matt Longjohn:

Longjohn 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. Longjohn lives in Portage, near where he was born and raised, with his wife Valerie and two sons, Till and Max. His family’s roots go back to the Civil War and he is a proud graduate of Portage Northern and Kalamazoo College.

Matt Longjohn Calls on Congressman Upton to Vote against Republican Tax Scheme

Matt Longjohn Calls on Congressman Upton to Vote against Republican Tax Scheme

Longjohn Joins Michiganders to Deliver Petition with nearly 900 Signatures to Upton’s Congressional Office Today

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Portage, MI — Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a public health leader and candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 6th District, joined Michiganders to deliver a petition with nearly 900 signatures to Congressman Upton’s Kalamazoo office, urging him to vote against the Republican tax scheme. Longjohn called for much-needed middle class tax reform, while calling on Upton to oppose the current Republican bill, which gives tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy and corporations at the expense of Michigan’s middle-class families.

“Small businesses and families in Southwest Michigan need tax reform – but not this tax scheme,” said Longjohn. “This plan benefits the wealthy one percent and the richest corporations on the backs of middle-class families who will see less money in their pockets after losing important deductions. Worse yet, we’ll all be paying an additional $1.7 trillion in deficit because of this policy.  Congressman Upton will be ignoring the best interests of his constituents if he votes for this Republican tax scheme, apparently so he can protect his wealthy donors and corporations.”

Under Fred Upton’s tax plan, middle class families in Michigan’s Sixth District would be taxed on $244,000,000 in medical expenses, increasing the cost of care.  The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes which a quarter of taxpayers in the Sixth use, double taxing the middle class.  And the bill eliminates the deductions for student loan interest which benefits 28,000 taxpayers in the Sixth, saving an average of $1,100.