As a career military officer, my children had to move around a lot. When it was time  to leave active duty, we wanted a place with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a welcoming community.  Because of this, we chose Westfield as our forever home.

Our friends and neighbors in Westfield and Carmel want the same things: great schools, safe streets, welcoming neighbors, and clean drinking water. We need representatives who will work to preserve this for future generations. We deserve representatives who will listen.

About Matt

As a career military officer, my children had to move around a lot. When it was time to leave active duty, we wanted a place with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a welcoming community. Because of this, we chose Westfield as our forever home.

Our friends and neighbors in Westfield and Carmel want the same things: great schools, safe streets, welcoming neighbors, clean drinking water. We need representatives who will work to preserve this for future generations. We need representatives who will listen.

I am the son of a Vietnam Veteran and a Catholic School secretary. My parents taught me the values of integrity, a sense of duty, and putting the community before myself. I carried these values throughout my 22 year military career,  and I have worked to instill those values in my own children.

I recently retired from the military after reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. My military career was a diverse one, I began in the Navy, where I served 16 years in Naval Aviation. I spent 2 years in the Navy Reserves, here in Indiana, and then transitioned to the Air National Guard, where I recently retired.

Throughout my military career, whether it was flying airplanes, working with foreign leaders, or advising generals and admirals, I learned the importance of listening to the people around me, understanding their experiences, and sticking up for what was right-no matter what. I will listen.

When it was time  to leave active duty, we chose Westfield. We have been here since 2015, and have two children who will be at Westfield High School this year.

Photos of Matt McNally and Family

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Why I’m Running

Photos of Matt McNally's Military Service

The views expressed do not represent the Department of Defense. 

I am running for State Representative for the same reasons I joined the military: out of service to the community and a sense of duty. Our current representatives are not listening to us: phone calls go unanswered, emails go unread, concerns are ignored. The people of Indiana deserve representatives who will listen.

My family moved to this community for the public schools. Most people in Hamilton County move here for the public schools. Currently, we have a representative who is not only ignoring the concerns of constituents regarding education, but is actively voting against public schools at every turn. I support strong public schools and our hard working teachers and I will listen.

My family moved here to be in a safe community, yet we have a representative who refused to listen to law-enforcement, and twice voted for bills that endanger the lives of police. Removing the gun permitting system in Indiana was a vote against every law enforcement agency in the State and makes our community less safe. I will listen.

My family moved here for the welcoming community, yet we have a representative who ignores teachers, ignores the LGBTQ+ community, ignores the voices of people of color in our community.  Instead of voting for bills that unify our community and schools, he votes for bills that  divide and punish teachers for teaching facts: the good and the bad. He voted to ban trans children in sports. I will listen.

As a veteran, I feel another obligation: to my fellow veterans.  We need a voice. Veteran homelessness has increased under the Republican supermajority. Veterans currently do not have a voice at the Statehouse. “Support the Troops” needs to be more than just an empty campaign slogan. “Support the Troops” needs to be followed up with actions and policies. I will listen.

I am running for State Representative because we need a leader who will listen.

The Issues

Women’s rights

Women should not lose the right to make their own healthcare decisions. The state house should never come between a woman and her doctor.

Education

We have great teachers who work hard everyday to ensure our children have the best education possible. The great public schools are the reason we choose to live in Hamilton County.

Instead of supporting public education, Republicans are gutting it. They are syphoning our tax money into charter schools, while we are forced to vote on referendums just to keep the lights on and the teachers paid.

Useless legislation, like the failed HB 1134,  only served to score political points with donors and a small minority of loud voices, while the voices of the majority of parents and teachers went unheard. We need a legislature who will focus on building strong public education, not useless legislation.

We need a representative that will listen to the parents and teachers-not special interest groups.

Veterans

Not only am I veteran of Afghanistan, but I am the son of a Vietnam Vet.  Veteran issues will always be a priority of mine. In 2011, the GOP reduced the amount of eligible veterans whose children could receive college tuition assistance. In 2021, under the GOP leadership, veteran homelessness increased by 16%. They claim to support the troops, but neglect the veterans who have needed that support the most.  I will work to establish policies that expand veteran care and reduce veteran homelessness. I will be your voice, because I am one.

Gun safety

I am a gun owner. I was trained in the military and as a deputized federal law enforcement officer. As a gun owner, I believe gun safety and training is a necessary part of responsible gun ownership.  I support safe storage laws and expanded background checks to private sales.  I also believe that permit-less carry with no training requirement or background check is one of the most irresponsible pieces of gun legislation ever passed.  The GOP who claims to “back the blue” ignored the advice and input of every police agency in the state, making our streets less safe and police jobs more dangerous. Our representatives are not listening, they are not listening to Law Enforcement, and they are not listening to us.

LGBTQ+ community

For too long the LGBTQ+ community has been treated as second class citizens in Indiana. I believe marriage equality is a right. believe in education equality, this includes ending book bans that address LGBTQ issues, ending bans on pride symbols stickers and flags in schools, and opposing any restrictions on school curriculum that address their civil rights.

Pollution

We should be able to eat the fish we catch from Indiana’s waterways. We should have clean air, and clean water to drink. The Republican supermajority is not listening. The majority of Hoosiers wanted Wetlands protections, but our voices in the statehouse were not heard, and Republicans passed a bill that will destroy our Indiana Wetlands. Our water supply must be protected and preserved to ensure our children and their children have clean drinking water.  Republicans have ignored our voices.

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