Tom Tomzak—Fredericksburg Mayor 2004-2012:
“Matt is sensitive to what makes Fredericksburg a special place; but also realizes what it takes to sustain Fredericksburg. His leadership has been important in making much needed improvements to Fredericksburg. He led the way for the downtown parking garage, hotel, and the river easement.”

Bill Beck—Fredericksburg Mayor 2000-2004:
“Matt truly appreciates this city’s history and character and, more importantly for a councilman, he understands its very real economic value. We need to keep his voice on council.”

Rev. Lawrence Davies— Fredericksburg Councilman and Mayor 1966-1996:
“Matt is dedicated to preserving the city’s unique character.”

Joe Wilson— Fredericksburg Councilman At-Large 2000-2004:
“I have served with Matt Kelly on City Council and can attest to the fact that Matt is a man that gets things done. His determination to bring issues to conclusion is refreshing. Although I have not agreed with him on all positions he is needed on City Council. He is a bulldog when it comes to getting things done. He is not there simply to occupy a seat on Council. City Council needs movers and shakers like Matt Kelly.”

Paul Milde:–Stafford Board of Supervisors:
“Matt has been a tireless advocate for transportation improvements in Fredericksburg. He puts in the time and does the hard work necessary to forge solutions in a very challenging environment. Hands-down Matt Kelly is the hardest working council member in Fredericksburg.”

Gary Skinner:–Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors:
“Matt Kelly has been a proactive leader in regional initiatives and cooperation between our local governments, particularly where regional planning and transportation are concerned. City residents are fortunate to have him as their representative.”

Laura Sellers—Stafford Board of Supervisors:
“Matt is truly dedicated to the city and the region. He isn’t afraid to have the hard conversations — even when they aren’t politically advisable or fun! Most importantly, Matt has a unique understanding of Fredericksburg’s historical significance and look for ways to celebrate that history while planning for the future. “

What the Free Lance-Star is saying about Matt Kelly

The Issues

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

THE END TO BUSINESS AS USUAL:
No matter the adversity there are always opportunities. While presenting significant challenges to local governments in providing levels of service expected “by 
residents {more…}

TAXES: 
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…}

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

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

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

TRANSPORTATION: 
“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…}