Matt was born in Newport Beach CA. The son of a Marine Corps officer he spend his early years in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Matt arrived in Virginia in 1969. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA and then came to Fredericksburg in 1976 to attend Mary Washington College where he graduated with a degree in history.
Matt has been employed as an Insurance Adjuster for the past 30 years. He is currently employed as an adjuster by Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company.

Matt met his wife Cindie while at Mary Washington and they were married in 1979. They have three children, Tara, Brion and Joshua; and five grandchildren, Zuri, Immanuel, Tullia and Josuha and born this past June, Julianna.

Cindie teaches German and heads the Foreign Language Dept. at Massaponnax High School. She is also an adjunct professor at The University of Mary Washington. Matt was first elected to City Council in May 2002 and served till 2010.

Matt Kelly served on city council for three terms. During his tenure on council he worked with community groups and residents the city saw the opening of two new schools, a downtown parking garage, a hotel, a police station, community pool and the protection of the Rappahannock River for generations through a river easement, the adoption of a citywide preservation plan, and the hiring of a city preservationist. In each case Matt insisted the city go above and beyond just meeting the letter of the law in “informing” the public, and actively engaged residents– addressing concerns, answering questions, considering suggestions, and explaining the costs and benefits. Through building a consensus with the community these projects became a reality.

The Issues

Too often we are hearing from those in City Hall that they are doing what is required to inform the public. {more…}

No matter the adversity there are always opportunities. While presenting significant challenges to local governments in providing levels of service expected by residents {more…}

I cannot understand those who justify raising taxes because our tax rate is lower than other localities or those who opposes tax increases on the basis that taxes are too high. {more…}

“Even before the recent economic crash it was evident the city needed to diversify its tax base. {more…}

“As we consider the future development of our communities we must keep three simple truths in the fore front of our deliberations…” {more…}

“You’re going to get a lot of people pushing to open that river up,” Kelly said. “ {more…}

“At the end of the day, what I want to be able to do is say, alright, [GWRC], if you want to take care of transportation, these are the projects you’re going to need, this is how much it’s going to cost, this is how much we’re going to get from the state…{more…}