My name is Matthew "Mat Dave" Jones, and I am running for 3rd Ward City Council. I am a community volunteer, a father, a web developer, and I plan to grow old with my wife in our beautiful South Central Nebraska town.

I am a Nebraska native and have lived in each of the tri-cities. I fell in love with Hastings for its quiet neighborhoods, welcoming people, and wonderful parks. I also met my wife, Ellen, in Hastings in 2008. Ellen and her parents, John and Charlotte Hamburger, own and operate the Back Alley Bakery. Ellen and I have two wonderful daughters, Roslyn (age 4) and Margot (born October '17).

Through my work in marketing and web development, I have had the opportunity to meet many of the business owners, school administrators, and civic leaders that make Hastings, NE great. I now work from home as a project lead in Hastings' historic district and get to enjoy an amazing opportunity to see my family every day. Hastings is a place I can truly call home.

My message to Hastings, Nebraska:

  • Let's continue to focus on promoting our local businesses. Local businesses are the jewels in the crown of the Queen City. They provide unique experiences that help people visit and stay in our town.
  • We need to find a way to address low wages. We have low poverty, however people in Hastings average less income than other towns in Nebraska. This creates a burden on our growing population of single income households.
  • Let's keep Hastings a place we are proud to grow up in and call home. I love our quiet streets, low crime rates, and affordable housing. I'd like to see more safe walking paths and bike routes, more opportunities that encourage our students to become involved and place roots, and a continued promotion of the volunteer spirit that connects us as a community.

I am a modern leader and humanitarian, and will work to bring my experiences in technology, volunteerism, and local business to the Hastings City Council.

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February 11, 2018

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