I, Dan Matthews, am honored to be announcing my candidacy for the Special Election for the 113th House District here in the State of Georgia. I am running because I want to fight for Oconee County and the areas of Clarke, Oglethorpe and Morgan counties in this district. I want to make sure we are not carved up like a pie in the forthcoming reapportionment. I ask for your vote and financial support.
I harbor no illusions over how difficult it will be to merely make the almost certain run off for this Special Election June 21. I want to make sure the issues not being talked about get a little coverage. I would like see a park for Elder Mill Covered Bridge. I quote from a story I wrote for the Oconee Patch that came out a little earlier this week:
I would like to find ways to create jobs to Oconee County and the rest of the 113th. I want to build the figurative bridge between Bogart in Oconee County and Bogart in Clarke to enable a large industry to successfully develop the Orkin Tract. I would love to help foster public private partnerships like the Oconee Futbol Club solution for the Southwire facility is a fabulous example of how we can help each other out with minimal government involvement or interference. There is lots we can do together for this area, and not much we will accomplish apart.
I need your help to register voters, to call voters, to put out yard signs and the like. I will need donations to make this happen. Call me at 706-769-1131 or 706-372-1062. My email address is email@example.com
This is the first time I have ever run for elected office. I have lived in Oconee County since 1994 and worked here for five years before that. I have worked for the Oconee County government in part time jobs at Eagle Tavern when it was the Welcome Center and also in the John T. Brannen building of Herman C. Michael Park when it was the newest basketball court in five county area. I have been a homeowner in Watkinsville for almost a decade.
I have worked on numerous voluntary committees including the Historic Sites and Tourism committee with Al Cuming for several consecutive terms. I have reported on the municipal governments of Oconee County for more than a decade for a variety of media. I am currently employed at a law office in Athens for two non-partner attorneys as a paralegal, office manager, and notary. I have hosted an AM talk radio show on NewsTalk 1340 WGAU AM in Athens, where I am going to be interviewed by Tim Bryant Thursday morning. I have worked at newspapers in Athens, Oconee and Morgan (and elsewhere) counties in almost every capacity this side of running the printing presses.
I have managed a campaign previously and worked hard on many others locally. My mother Norma Matthews instilled a sense of duty and volunteerism in the church and the political venues of Michigan and Iowa. In Des Moines she managed a series of Presidential campaigns in the state and also helped move the Caucuses to the front of the line.
This is who I am. I will be glad to take your suggestions, answer your questions and listen to your concerns about this area. Thank you for your consideration.
~ Dan Matthews