Simpson sets eyes on La Plata council seat
Simpson running to become councilman
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.”
La Plata Town Council candidate Matthew Simpson is running for the Ward I seat.