Matson announces re-election bid

2013-04-16T13:52:00Z 2013-04-16T17:38:08Z Matson announces re-election bidKurt Allemeier kallemeier@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

Independent-minded Davenport Alderman Mike Matson, who was investigated by police last year for impersonating a public official, says he will seek a fourth term but in a new ward.

Matson, who represents the 8th Ward, will run in the 7th Ward. Redistricting from the 2010 census shifted ward boundaries in 2012 and put him across the street from the 8th Ward.

His announcement comes well ahead of the Aug. 29 candidate filing deadline. In Davenport, if primaries are needed, they will be Oct. 8, with the municipal election on Nov. 5.

"My last six years as the 8th Ward alderman have been great," he said. "It will be honor to now represent the citizens of the 7th Ward."

Barney Barnhill, the 10-term 7th Ward alderman, was thrown into the 5th Ward. He said he is considering whether to run.

Barnhill said he and his wife are considering a move to a condominium in the 8th Ward, so that he likely would run to represent that ward. With Matson no longer representing that ward, it would be an open seat.

Matson has shown a willingness to go his own way and oppose some City Council decisions. He was the lone alderman to vote against the term sheet for the proposed Rhythm City casino acquisition last year. The U.S. Army veteran also has championed veteran causes in and out of City Hall, including the creation of Veterans Memorial Park.

Last year, Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf declined to prosecute a case of impersonating a public official that involved seizing Matson's work computer. Davenport police took the computer from his Davenport Central High School classroom in October as part of an investigation into whether he sent emails in another alderman's name to Davenport TV station KWQC regarding the city's proposed purchase of the Rhythm City.

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