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 now accepting applications for the November 2019 general election.
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.
Candidates who embrace our beliefs and would like to be considered for endorsement and/or financial support in the 2019 general election should apply via the online application. The deadline to apply for consideration will be based on your filing deadline.
For more detailed information on our endorsement guidelines for the November 2019 general election, please click here.
Not a candidate, but would like to be kept apprised of The Matriots endorsement process? Click here!
The Matriots Class of 2019
One year after making our first political endorsements, The Matriots is now a force in Ohio politics.
The Matriots PAC endorsed a captivating slate of 9 candidates running for city council in the communities of Akron, Marion, Newark and Youngstown for the May 2019 primary election. These women are impressively talented and fiercely committed to their local communities. Five women successfully advanced to the general election and will be on ballots across the state on November 5, 2019.
The Matriots Class of 2018
In 2018 The Matriots PAC endorsed a slate of 34 candidates running for statewide, Ohio General Assembly, county commissioner, and local offices. 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.