John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

Juanita Matkins

Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

John McGuire 1John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

About

John McGuire

Source: Campaign page

John McGuire was born and raised in Henrico County. As a child, John spent time in foster care, where he attended nine different elementary schools. His grandparents rescued him and his older sister from the foster care system and years later, John graduated from Henrico High School in 1988.

After graduation, John’s call to service lead him to the U.S. Navy. After ten years of service as a Navy SEAL, he settled back down in Virginia. There in his hometown of Henrico, John founded a small business, SEAL Team PT Inc., a fitness company dedicated to helping teams and individuals become stronger, healthier, and more confident. 19 years later, that company helps  train Division 1 athletes and corporations all over the world. In addition to running a successful business, John has been brought in by groups as a motivational speaker. In his speeches, he shares what he is most passionate about, the principles of teamwork and leadership.

John’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics. Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.  As a husband and father of five, he knows the importance of building a true partnership between our families, our communities and our state government.

John and his wife Tracy live in Henrico County.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Motivational speaker/team trainer
  • US Navy
    1988 to 1998

Education


  • Okaloosa Walton Community College, FL

  • enrico High School
    1988

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Tracy K. Mang
  • Children: Ariel, John, Skyler, Julia, and Spencer

Membership & Affiliation

River Road Church, Baptist
VFW (life member)
A-Team 212 Networking Group
UDT SEAL Association (life member)
NRA (life member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Zachary Williams
Administrative Assistant During Session: Karen Imes

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1056

District Office
11357 Nuckols Road #156
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: (804) 389-8601

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

John J. McGuire III (R)20,25060.97%
Juanita Jo Matkins (D)12,92938.93%
Write-In (Write-in)360.11%
TOTAL33,215

2017 State DelegateArray

John McGuire (R)18,79259.5%
Melissa Miscione Dart (D)12,76140.4%
Write In (Write-in)440.1%
TOTAL31,597

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MCGUIRE III, JOHN J has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $176,749.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Education
Privileges and Elections

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns
Education – Subcommittee #2
Subcommittee #1Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Economy

Pro-Business Reforms

As a local small business owner for the last 18 years, John understands the obstacles holding businesses back in our area. John wants to help businesses grow, create jobs, and invest in our communities by cutting taxes and removing regulatory hurdles.

Support Tax Policies That Are Favorable to Our Citizens and Businesses

As a local small business owner for the last 18 years, John understands the obstacles holding businesses back in our area. John wants to help businesses grow, create jobs, and invest in our communities by cutting taxes and removing regulatory hurdles. Virginia’s economic growth rate has trailed the national average for five straight years. We must act and support economic development by reducing burdens on our hardworking taxpayers. As your Delegate, John will oppose any measure to increase personal and business taxes.

Education

Support Initiatives to Reform our Education System

As a father of five, John understands our children are our most valuable resource. John understands now is the time to prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st Century. We must fix the one-size-fits-all education system that has failed, and embrace a diverse range of school choice options that allow the student and their parents to choose the education that best fits their needs.

Health Care

Support Overhauling Our Health Care System

John wants to cut burdensome regulations that limit competition, inflate health care costs, and reduces access to health care providers – particularly in rural areas like Louisa and Goochland. John is committed to overhauling our current health care regulatory system so that patient’s wellbeing will be our top priority.

Support Programs to Eradicate the Opioid Crisis

John has spoken with voters throughout the district on the opioid crisis. He has met families who have experienced unimaginable loss. Opioid addiction has spread through the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, including the 56th District. As your next delegate, John will support legislation to combat the opioid crisis that is negatively impacting our communities.

Infrastructure

Support Broadband Expansion

As your Delegate, John will advocate for broadband expansion throughout the 56th District. John understands we must promote infrastructure modernization to enhance our students learning experiences, help existing businesses grow, attract new business, and increase jobs in our district.

Safety

As a former Navy SEAL and father of five, John knows exactly what it takes to keep our homes and families safe. John will fight the online exploitation of children and fight the growing threat of gangs on our streets. John will work tirelessly to prevent substance abuse disorders and help those in recovery to get back on their feet.

Support Our Law Enforcement and First Responders

As your Delegate, John will advocate for all first responders. Police, firefighters, and EMTs work tirelessly, and often thanklessly, to ensure our safety. We need to equip our public stewards with the tools and resources they need to keep us safe. John will work with our local communities to provide the compensation and benefits our First Responders and Law Enforcement deserve.

Veterans

Support Our Veterans’ and Their Families

As a former Navy SEAL, no one will fight harder for our veterans and their families than John. The Commonwealth of Virginia currently taxes retired veterans’ retirement benefits while neighboring states like North Carolina do not. We are losing valuable and skilled members of our communities to North Carolina because of their favorable tax structure. John believes in removing the tax burden on our veterans. John will work to ensure Veterans and their families receive their earned benefits and will work with our local business leaders to create job opportunities for our returning veterans.

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Juanita Matkins 1Juanita Matkins

Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Juanita Matkins

Source: Campaign page

A former Louisa County teacher and professor at The College of William & Mary, Juanita Jo Matkins believes all Virginians deserve a fair chance. Juanita Jo has lived in the heart of the 56th District for much of her life, educating its young people and serving her community through her church and various volunteer organizations.  She is committed to advocating for her neighbors in Richmond to ensure our state legislature serves the interests of every Virginian. 

Growing up on a Greensboro, North Carolina tobacco farm, Juanita Jo learned the value of hard work and recognized the deep-seated inequality in her community.  As a youngster she was inspired by civil rights activists who protested segregation at the Woolworth lunch counter just a few miles from her home. 

The first person in her family to attend college, Juanita Jo enrolled at Towson State College (now Towson University), earning a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts.  She constructed costumes for the school’s theater department to help pay tuition and became a campus leader in the budding women’s rights movement. 

Juanita Jo moved to Louisa County in the late 1960s to work on her family’s small horse farm.  She trained and showed quarter horses as part of the farm’s breeding operation, reconnecting with her rural roots.  

Always passionate about education, Juanita Jo began teaching elementary school in the early 1970s, first at Piedmont Christian School and later in Louisa County Public Schools. During her nearly 20-year career, she educated a generation of Louisa’s youth.  In 1995. Juanita Jo earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. 

Juanita Jo completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Virginia in 1996 with a dissertation focusing on characteristics of women scientists.  She served on the education faculty at UVa and George Mason University before earning a professorship at The College of William & Mary.  

During her decade-long tenure in Williamsburg, Juanita Jo trained science teachers and administered millions of dollars in grant-funded projects.  She retired from William & Mary as a full professor in 2015. Juanita Jo continues to serve as chair of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers’ advocacy committee, which lobbies for improvements in K-12 science education.   

Even as she taught at three of Virginia’s distinguished public universities, Juanita Jo remained rooted in her beloved Louisa County. She is a member of the Louisa NAACP, sings in the county’s Spirit of Truth Gospel Choir, and is a trustee and organist at Yanceyville Christian Church. Juanita Jo’s commitment to fairness and a vibrant democracy inspired her to co-found Spread The Vote Piedmont, a local chapter of a national nonprofit that helps people overcome the obstacles to obtaining government-issued IDs for voting and to access other opportunities and services.

Juanita Jo and her husband, Don Short, former Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney, live in Yanceyville in southern Louisa County.  They have one son, Andrew, a 2002 graduate of Louisa County High School. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Issues

Governance

Corporate influence

Virginia needs responsive government that serves all its citizens, not just a select few. Large corporations too often get their way at the expense of people in small communities like Louisa and Goochland. In Richmond, Juanita Jo will fight for her neighbors and carry our concerns to the House floor. That’s why she’s refusing campaign donations from large corporations and regulated monopoly utilities like Dominion Energy. Juanita Jo understands that politics isn’t so much about left versus right but big versus small. She’ll stand up to corporate lobbyists and demand that your voice is heard.

Civil Rights

Voting rights

Virginia is the cradle of American democracy. Yet, our commonwealth continues to place burdensome restrictions on access to the ballot box. Juanita Jo believes Virginia will be stronger when all citizens vote. She’ll fight for automatic voter registration, no-excuse early and absentee voting, and a repeal of the discriminatory voter ID law. As a volunteer who registers voters and assists with restoration of voting rights, Juanita Jo believes the right to vote should be constitutionally guaranteed to every citizen 18 and over. She will fight to end felony disenfranchisement, a relic of the Jim Crow era.

Criminal justice reform

Our criminal justice system locks up too many people and for far too long. Juanita Jo believes in sensible criminal justice reforms, including legalizing marijuana, raising the felony larceny threshold, and providing treatment rather than incarceration for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Equality

Juanita Jo believes that all Virginians deserve a fair chance. She supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. She is determined to continue the fight for racial justice to ensure that everyone shares in the American dream.

Education

Public education funding

Our children deserve strong public schools that prepare them for a dynamic economy. Juanita Jo will fight to fully fund public education from preschool through college. She will work to expand career and technical training and to raise teacher pay. As a former teacher and science education professor, Juanita Jo is committed to strengthening STEM curricula and creating additional paths to success to ensure that our students have the tools they need for the 21st century.

Environment

Climate change

Dependence on fossil fuels is a horse-and-buggy solution to 21st century needs. As a former science teacher, Juanita Jo understands that expanding green energy, including wind and solar power, is critical to fighting climate change. In Richmond, she’ll advocate for grants and tax credits so homeowners can take advantage of clean energy advances. She’ll push to expand job training in wind and solar installation for our students and enhance climate science curricula.

Health Care

Affordable health services

Every citizen should be able to go to the doctor and access quality, affordable health services. Juanita Jo believes that such services should include care for reproductive health, mental health, and substance abuse. Juanita Jo supports Medicaid expansion and will fight to strengthen and protect it. She’s committed to standing up to big pharmaceutical companies by refusing their campaign contributions and finding a way to put an end to the skyrocketing prices of insulin and other prescription drugs.

Infrastructure

Broadband

As a Louisa County resident, Juanita Jo knows firsthand the difficulties rural people face connecting to the internet and accessing other technology. Investing in broadband infrastructure is essential to sustaining vibrant communities and giving all Virginians a fair shot at participating in the 21st century economy. Broadband infrastructure enables people to work from home and access learning opportunities, and it helps small businesses thrive. Juanita Jo will fight to expand broadband infrastructure for her neighbors and people across the 56th District.

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