Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.
1081 Katie Lane
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
(706) 372-1062 (cell phone)
(706) 353-0503 (fax at work)
September 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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DAN MATTHEWS RUNS FOR POST 5 OF THE WATKINSVILLE CITY COUNCIL
Longtime Oconee County resident Dan Matthews launched his campaign for the Post 5 position on the Watkinsville City Council after paying the $72.00 qualifying fee Tuesday at the Watkinsville Community Center.
“I love the City of Watkinsville very much, and the way we are carefully growing,” said Matthews. “I want to continue in the tradition of former Mayor Jim Luken and work with people to make our city the best place it can be.”
Matthews, 53, resides in Morgan Manor Estates subdivision in Watkinsville with his soon-to-be 17 year old son Lowell Matthews and their foster adoptee dog Katrina. He is employed as an Office Manager at the Krasle Law Firm in Athens, Georgia.
This is Matthews’ fourth attempt at elected office, having run for the State Legislator in a 2011 special election to replace Hank Huckaby in the 113th House District, making the run-off against State Representative Chuck Williams. Later that same year, he ran for Mayor of Watkinsville against Charles Ivie. He also ran for City Council Post 5 previously in 2014, losing to incumbent Mike Link.
Matthews has been employed by the Oconee County government twice, having worked in the Eagle Tavern Welcome Center and as Gym Supervisor at the Herman C. Michael Park. He has volunteered to coach basketball and soccer several seasons for the Oconee County Recreation Department, and has picked up garbage numerous times both in the city of Watkinsville and elsewhere in the county. He has also helped work on Watkinsville Woods.
Matthews covered the City of Watkinsville meetings for the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper, and has also had many editorials and letters to the Editor published in the Oconee Enterprise and Oconee News Leader newspapers. He has also covered numerous county and municipal elections for News Talk 1340 WGAU-AM as well as his blog Oconee County, GA Politics.