To the Editor:

Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of our own in the General Assembly? It’s been a long time since that happened, but it is possible on Nov. 5 if you vote.

We are fortunate to have Juanita Jo Matkins running for the House of Delegates. She has lived in Louisa County for more than 40 years and knows our rural way of life. 

Matkins grew up, worked and still lives on a small farm. She reared her family here in Louisa, worked here and goes to church here. She knows what rural life is like and what the needs of rural people are.

She is an educator by profession who taught school in Louisa County for 20 years and then at the College of William and Mary. She will fight for all of our children to get a quality education, beginning with early childhood education and expanding career and technical education programs.

Matkins will fight to get access and quality broadband for Louisa. The lack of access to reliable broadband has made it difficult for some schoolchildren to do their homework, for employees to work from home and for some farmers and some businesses to get things done. Louisa County loses out on economic development opportunities that would increase county revenues, so broadband is critical to us.

Matkins believes every citizen should be able to access affordable, quality health care and she will stand up to big pharmaceutical companies to stop skyrocketing prices for insulin and other prescription drugs.

She is smart as a whip, energetic as the energizer bunny, and when she goes to the House of Delegates from the 56th district we will have one of our own. She who knows the needs of rural people will be accessible to the citizens of Louisa and there is no doubt she will fight for us.

That is why I am voting for Juanita Jo Matkins on Nov. 5.

B. Stewart Kienast