The Matriots is an Ohio nonpartisan political action committee founded in May of 2017 by a group of women who participated in the Women’s March on Washington. Moved by the tremendous outpouring of support that day for American women and their issues, the Ohio marchers decided to launch an effort to put more women into political leadership to ensure economic justice and advance policies impacting the lives of Ohio women.
On July 4, The Matriots PAC launched a Founding Member campaign to raise enough funds to create a sustainable organization, hire an executive director, and make political contributions to female candidates in 2018; today those Founding Members number more than 300 women and men. Our full membership includes over 800 women and men across the state.
The Matriots PAC is proud to endorse a captivating slate of 9 candidates running for city council in primaries in the cities of Akron, Marion, Newark and Youngstown for the May 2019 primary election.
One year after making our first political endorsements, The Matriots is now a force in Ohio politics. Our Class of 2019 candidates represent first-time candidates and experienced public servants. These women are impressively talented and fiercely committed to their local communities. The Matriots is excited to endorse, support and encourage these 9 women as they pursue elected office in Ohio.
When considering candidates for endorsement, The Matriots PAC considers several factors including; campaign viability, the level of female representation in the district or office for which she is running, demonstrated commitment to public service, and an avowed interest in future campaigns or service to her community.
As in 2018, The Matriots prioritizes candidates who have competitive primaries, knowing that early support is key to advancing women to the general election in November.
The Matriots’ focus will be primarily on races in Ohio’s most populous cities (communities with a population of 30,000+) and all school board races statewide. This ambitious endorsement program is open to approximately 50 cities and over 600 board of education districts throughout Ohio. Across the state many races in 2019 will not have primary elections and will move directly to the general election in November.
For more detailed information on our endorsement guidelines for the May 2019 primary, please click here.
Read more about the women and their campaigns at the button below. Please join us in supporting, encouraging, and, most importantly, voting for these women in May.
The Matriots PAC Endorsement Process
The Matriots PAC application for the May 2019 primary election has closed. The application process will open for the general election following the May 7th, 2019 primary election.
Candidates who embrace our beliefs and would like to be considered for endorsement and/or financial support in the 2019 general election should click the button below to be informed of all upcoming deadlines and open application periods.
Not a candidate, but would like to be kept apprised of The Matriots endorsement process? Click here!
In 2018 The Matriots PAC endorsed a slate of 34 candidates running for offices around Ohio. Our class of 2018 candidates ran for statewide, Ohio General Assembly, county commissioner, and local offices. The slate included Democrats and Republicans, first-time candidates and current officeholders. With the help of The Matriots, the percentage of women in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly increased from 22 percent to 26 percent, the highest percentage of women serving in Ohio’s history.