Matielyn Jones

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Matielyn Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University [1].

Jones has worked as a staffer for President Obama’s 2008 Campaign in North Carolina. Much of her career has been spent on diversity and equity. Jones developed curricula for a county-wide training program to provide low-income workers with white-collar employment opportunities. She independently researches topics surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. During her time as an administrator at an Ohio charter school, Jones connected with community organizations to provide school choice to local parents [1]. She serves as a Talent and Learning Project Specialist on the Global People Team for Habitat for Humanity [4].

Jones previously taught in Gwinnett County Public Schools, teaching Social Studies and being a Faculty Advisor for student groups [1].

Key Issues

Healthcare

Jones supports Medicaid expansion with further implementation of the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare accessible and free to all Georgians [4]. She prioritizes providing healthcare access to rural areas, preventing maternal mortality, and launching statewide campaigns for healthy practices [1].

Housing

Jones advocates for legislation making housing affordable with down payment assistance and rent-to-own programs. She promotes making mortgage lending transparent and equitable to close inequality in obtaining housing. Jones supports partnerships with community organizations and long-term initiatives to more effectively address affordability [1] [4].

Education

Jones supports quality education for all students with improvements in graduation rates, increased accessibility to early learning programs, and a Civics Education Program [1]. She believes in non-traditional pathways to teacher certification and recruitment [5].

Reproductive Rights

Jones is pro-choice [1].

Endorsements

Barack Obama, Former US President [3]; Fair Fight [7], Georgia WIN List; Run for Something; Democracy for America; Roadmap for Progress; Her Term; Progressive Turnout Project; Moms Demand Action; The Collective [1]

Sources

1 Official Campaign Website
2 Ballotpedia
3 Twitter
4 Georgia WIN List
5 BallotReady
6 Voyage ATL
7 Fair Fight
8 VoteSmart