Simp­son sets eyes on La Plata coun­cil seat

Simp­son run­ning to be­come coun­cil­man

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

La Plata na­tive Matthew Simp­son an­nounced his can­di­dacy for the La Plata Town Coun­cil (Ward I) seat and is look­ing for­ward to us­ing his youth, ed­u­ca­tion and law ex­peri- ence to help bring pos­i­tive change to his home­town.

“I’m run­ning be­cause I think that it’s time for La Plata just to have ev­ery- thing that it’s meant to be with­out some of the neg- atives. I think of it as me run­ning for a town coun­cil spot and not against any­one,” Simp­son said.

If elected, Simp­son said he plans to work to pro­vide a voice to ev­ery- one with a stake in the town. As a busi­ness­man and res­i­dent, he said he un­der­stands the unique needs of both and will strive to make La Plata a great place to live as well as own a busi­ness. He looks for­ward to lis­ten­ing to the ideas and con­cerns of the res­i­dents and busi- ness own­ers.

“I’m a new fresh face that has the en­ergy to keep go­ing ... I think I have some­thing to of­fer based on the fact that I am younger but I do know the his­tory of the town,” he said.

Simp­son works as a gen­eral prac­tice at­tor­ney at the Law Of­fice of Thomas C. Hay­den Jr., P.A. in La Plata and re­cently pur- chased his first home in the town. He de­scribes him­self as ex­pe­ri­enced, en­er­getic and hav­ing ex- cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Simp­son earned his ju­ris doc­tor­ate in 2009 from the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more and is a grad­u­ate of York Col­lege of Penn­syl­va­nia, where he earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence with a mi­nor in geog­ra­phy. Pre­vi­ously, he served on a re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee for Charles County Pub­lic Schools and one term on the Charles County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee as an elected mem­ber who was voted in at the age of 20.

He is cur­rently a mem- ber of the Con­ser­vancy for Charles County Inc. board of di­rec­tors, the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and the Charles County and Mar yland bar as­so­ci­a­tions. His mother, Katie O’Mal­ley-Simp­son, is the di­rec­tor of me­dia re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Charles County Pub­lic Schools. Thom- as Simp­son, his father, is a Charles County Cir­cuit Court Judge.

“I al­ways lived in Charles County with my par­ents. When my fa- ther was elected judge in Charles County Cir­cuit Court, his clients needed a lawyer, his prac­tice needed tak­ing over and Mr. Hay­den needed a younger guy to make court­house runs and ap­pear in court for clients. Op­por­tu­nity arose, I took it. My father worked at Mr. Hay­den’s law firm for 41 years and now it’s my turn,” he said.

Simp­son said the town needs a thriv­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity to sup­port the peo­ple that live in La Plata and all too of­ten the town is made up of two dif­fer­ent groups — the busi­nesses and the res­i­dents. He would like to see closer co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the town, town staff and those who live and work in La Plata.

“Some­times I think the town is re­sis­tant to change and is re­sis­tant to lis­ten­ing to its busi­ness own­ers. They don’t get to vote in town elec­tions but they cer­tainly do pay as much — if not more — in taxes. I think it’s time busi­ness peo­ple have a voice in the town, or at least some­one who is will­ing to lis­ten to them,” Simp­son said.

Simp­son’s goal is to pro­vide a high level of ser­vices that the cit­i­zens want, at the low­est pos­si­ble cost to the tax­payer. He said that re­quires cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages busi­ness growth and cre­ates jobs.

Simp­son is also pos­i­tive that his abil­ity to work hard will serve him well as a coun­cil­man.

“With me, the res­i­dents of La Plata will get a coun­cil­man who will not stop work­ing, no mat­ter how hard it is or how tough it gets be­cause hard work is all I know,” he noted. “I think we’re in fine shape — but just be­cause we’re in good shape doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make it bet­ter and get into great shape.”

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La Plata Town Coun­cil can­di­date Matthew Simp­son is run­ning for the Ward I seat.

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