By Libby Rosequist
Dr. Matthew Cady is a North East alum and is announcing his campaign against Rep. Mike Kelly (R-16th) for Congress.
Cady grew up in North East, graduating from North East High School, participating in cross country and track.
Cady went on to Syracuse University on an academic scholarship graduating with a health and exercise science major with a minor in nutrition and coaching.
During his time at Syracuse University, Cady was on the cross country team, where he was chosen as the student representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, leadership conference.
The University of Illinois is where Cady completed his master’s in kinesiology.
“During my time at the University of Illinois, I participated in the Illini 4000 which was a bike trip to raise money for cancer research, riding our bikes from coast to coast,” Dr. Matthew Cady said. “It was a group of 22 bike riders, and we started the ride in New York City and rode our bikes to Portland, Ore. It was such an awesome experience that I became the director of fundraising for the nonprofit that following year, raising $100,000 to donate to cancer research.”
“I then decided to move to Pittsburgh where I spent two years coaching cross country and track at the University of Pittsburgh while being a personal trainer and fitness consultant,” Cady said.
Cady has traveled to Asia and Australia where he experienced different government structures and the effects it has on a country.
“My platform influence is definitely swayed by my time in Australia,” Cady said. “I witnessed how they take care of their people with universal health care, strong education programs and reduced gun violence.”
“I asked myself why can’t the United States be more like this and decided when I came back I needed to find a way to make a change,” Cady added.
After his travels, Cady enrolled in Penn State University where he received his Ph.D. in nutritional sciences.
Cady has maintained his residence in North East and would like to be the first resident to be elected for Congress.
He will be campaigning as a Democrat, focusing on universal health care, environmental policies to protect rivers, lakes and streams, repealing free trade jobs supported by Kelly and gun control.
“I love North East but it’s not the North East I grew up in, and I want to start having conversations about not what makes our town so bad, but how we can make it better and giving a new life to not just North East but our city of Erie as well,” Cady said.
“We need to boost our businesses, have the opportunity for higher education and work together as a city to achieve this. It is time for a change.”
To learn more about his campaign, check out Twitter/Instagram at DrMatthewCady.