John Matson

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John O. Matson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Rhode Island, District 2
High schoolChariho High School
Date of birthFebruary 2, 2012
Place of birthWesterly, Rhode Island
ProfessionSmall business owner
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John O. Matson was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Rhode Island.[1]


Political positions

John Matson's position includes his "...commitment and belief that we must not quit, that we keep on fighting and striving for our Senior Citizens and the promises made to them, for the working people who see their jobs sent overseas, and to safe-guard the future for our Children and Grandchildren." As well as his belief that "Government has to encourage the growth and development of business...a more common sense approach to regulations, providing tax incentives for small business, and, most importantly, by moving the banks to help unfreeze residential real estate, to encourage small business and to support commercial lending."[2]



See also: Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Matson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Rhode Island's 2nd District. Matson sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 27, 2012. Matson faced incumbent Rep. James R. Langevin in the September 11, 2012, Democratic primary, Matson lost the election.

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Langevin Incumbent 74.1% 22,161
John Matson 25.9% 7,748
Total Votes 29,909

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Matson's reports.[3]

John Matson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[4]April 18, 2012$0$50,004.04$(2,094.99)$47,909.05
July Quarterly[5]July 17, 2012$47,909.05$0$(1,012.17)$46,896.88
Running totals

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