Matt Dellinger – Candidate for Davidson Town Board
After graduating from Davidson College and USC Law and working in other cities, I returned to Davidson with my wife to raise a family. I live in River Run and have my law practice in downtown Davidson. I have served on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment since 2017, including as Chair of each since 2018, and have served on various Town committees (e.g., Mobility Plan; Growth Management; Ordinance). I am also an Elder at DCPC.
Davidson has benefitted from years of deliberate, thoughtful planning, leadership, and informed citizen engagement to help craft where we are today and our path ahead. We have adopted citizen-driven plans and have plans still being formulated. I hope to help shepherd the implementation of those community plans through objective, disciplined, and studied leadership, including key parts of the Mobility Plan and Comprehensive Plan. Doing so gives life to those plans and yields improved infrastructure, more desirable and sustainable development, expanded affordable housing, and enhanced equity, while realizing the efforts of many citizens and respecting where constraints on authority exist.
There is a necessary humility to being an effective representative leader as Town Commissioner, particularly here where we are fortunate to have many knowledgeable, wise, and engaged citizens. In five years serving on the Planning Board, I have been consistently prepared, recognized the ends of my own knowledge and where others have expertise, respectfully questioned others in pursuit of a healthy and robust process, and appreciated the diverse audience of stakeholders with different positions and incentives. My demonstrated leadership style, experience of respectful, disciplined service to the community, and knowledge and appreciation of our local government and procedures make me one of the five best candidates. It would be an honor and privilege to continue serving the Town as a Commissioner.