DCCC CHAIR LUJÁN RECOGNIZES MATT LONGJOHN AS PART OF ‘RED TO BLUE’ PROGRAM

DCCC CHAIR LUJÁN RECOGNIZES MATT LONGJOHN AS PART OF ‘RED TO BLUE’ PROGRAM

Addition to Battle-Tested Red to Blue Program Highlights Longjohn’s Strong Campaign

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján today announced that Matt Longjohn has earned a spot on the DCCC’s highly competitive Red to Blue program.

Longjohn has worked hard in his community to earn a spot on Red to Blue by surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising. Beyond his demonstrated ability to build a winning campaign infrastructure, Longjohn has a strong record of service, message that connects with voters in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District and deep ties to the community he aims to serve.

“As a doctor and former National Health Officer for the YMCA, Dr. Matt Longjohn couldn’t sit by while Washington Republicans made it harder for Michiganders to access affordable and quality health care,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján. “Matt’s expertise in health care and his strong campaign operation make the race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District one to watch.”

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and more. It is not an endorsement.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by the Michigan Nurses Association

Matt Longjohn endorsed by the Michigan Nurses Association

Longjohn receives an endorsement from Michigan Nurses

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that the Michigan Nurse’s Association has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Matt is exactly the kind of hard-working advocate nurses and our patients need in Washington. Nurses need him in Congress to fight for health care for all, a stronger voice in our workplace, and a law to limit the number of patients hospitals can assign nurses at one time. Nurses are proud to support a fellow health care professional who understands that patient safety and empowering nurses are matters of life and death”, said Jamie Brown, RN, president of the Michigan Nurses Association

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am excited to announce that the Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed my campaign for Congress. Nurses need to be protected as critical contributors to health and health care outcomes, and their contributions need to be sustained by ensuring they can safely do their jobs. When I go to Congress I will work every day to fight for safe staffing conditions for nurses, safe patient care, and protecting collective bargaining rights for Nurses  ” said Longjohn.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by IBEW Local 153

Matt Longjohn endorsed by IBEW Local 153

Longjohn receives an endorsement from IBEW Local 153

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that IBEW Local 153 has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 153 believes that the time has come for change in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. The issues that face the working people of Southwest Michigan now more than ever need to be addressed. From Health Care, wage stagnation and Right to Work the working families of IBEW 153 represents well over 1350 members and retirees, 350 of which reside in Southwest Michigan. These members deserve a Congressman that will fight for them and all the residents of Southwest Michigan and that is why we endorse Dr. Matt Longjohn as the next Congressman for Michigan’s 6th district”, said IBEW COPE committee.

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by IBEW Local 153.  I am running to finally give the hardworking families of Southwest Michigan the representation they need in Congress. For too long, the middle class has been shrinking while the billionaires and corporations have been getting unfair tax breaks.  When I am elected, I will fight to make affordable health care a reality, make sure that all Americans are earning a living wage, and fight to get the dark corporate money out of politics. ” said Longjohn.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Sierra Club

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Sierra Club

Longjohn receives endorsement from Sierra Club

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that the Sierra Club has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn has earned the Sierra Club’s endorsement because Congressional District 6 deserves a representative who will make environmental protection a top priority. As a physician and public health expert, Matt understands the intrinsic links between a healthy environment and healthy communities.  Unlike Fred Upton, we are confident that Matt will be a fierce defender of clean air, water, and the health of all Michigan citizens. We will work hard to ensure he is elected to Congress” said Mike Berkowitz, Political Director, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn has spent his career advocating and fighting for the health of communities across the country. In comparison, his opponent Fred Upton has spent his time in DC voting against protections for our environment and has worked alongside President Trump to dismantle the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act, driving up health care costs and putting insurance coverage to over 600,000 Michiganders at risk.  The people of District 6 will be in good hands with a future leader like Dr. Longjohn, and we will be working hard to make sure he is elected in November,” said Richard Barron, Political Chair, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter:”

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Sierra Club.  You can’t live your healthiest life without safe and clean air, water, or soil, and in the 6th district, our environment is also the basis of our economy. The future of tourism associated with our lakes, beaches, recreational activities, fishing, and hunting, as well as our agricultural economy, depend entirely on our efforts to protect and sustain our environment.  We need a Representative in Washington who understands how seriously to take environmental issues. Over the past several years, Congressman Fred Upton has been cashing checks from big oil and gas industries, while repeatedly voting against environmental protections that have hurt Southwest Michigan. For example, he voted to repeal the Clean Water Rule. Families from Parchment to Plainwell, and anywhere else that has been dealing with PFAS contamination, know we need more protections on our water. Though Mr. Upton talks about being a problem solver, he votes along party lines and has earned a 13% voting record on overall environmental issues. Unlike Congressman Upton I will be a staunch defender of the environment” said Longjohn.

Dr. Matt Longjohn named to DCCC’s Red to Blue List

Dr. Matt Longjohn named to DCCC’s Red to Blue List

Public health leader and political outsider’s campaign for Congress recognized as among most the country’s most competitive

Portage, MI — Dr. Matt Longjohn, public health leader and candidate for Congress today announced that his campaign has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s prestigious Red to Blue list.  The addition of Longjohn’s campaign indicates that he is positioned to topple 32-year incumbent Congressman Fred Upton this November.

“From the beginning, this campaign has been about bringing a new generation of leadership to Congress.  I’m proud that our grassroots campaign has received this distinction–the first time any campaign in Southwest Michigan has ever earned it. We could not have made it onto the national radar screen without the support of all our volunteers.  Voters are looking for a representative who will do what’s right — get special interest money out of politics, expand health care coverage and protect people with pre-existing conditions, and preserve our water and Great Lakes”, said Longjohn

Matt Longjohn endorsed by AFSCME Council 25

Matt Longjohn endorsed by AFSCME Council 25

Matt Longjohn receives 4th union endorsement

Portage- Today, the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that AFSCME Council 25 has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“The Republican leadership in D.C. has fought tooth and nail to make life harder for every day working people and rig the rules in favor of big businesses and CEOs,” said Council 25 President Lawrence A. Roehrig. “Matt Longjohn has laid out bold visions where anyone that works hard for a living isn’t forced to choose between groceries or the electric bill, where children from every zip code have access to affordable higher education and vocational training, and where our seniors don’t have to worry about constant attacks on their pensions and health care and can retire with dignity.”

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by AFSCME Council 25.  I am running to finally give the hardworking families of Southwest Michigan the representation they need in Congress. For too long, the middle class has been shrinking while the billionaires and corporations have been getting unfair tax breaks.  When I am elected, I will fight to make affordable health care a reality, make sure that all Americans are earning a living wage, and fight to get the dark corporate money out of politics. ” said Longjohn