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Matt Paxson announces candidacy for mayor

A fourth candidate has entered the race to become the next mayor of Fredericksburg.

Matt Paxson turned in his packet to Voter Registrar Juanita Pitchford and has qualified to be on the ballot, Pitchford said.

Paxson is an associate pastor at Fairview Baptist Church.

Paxson announced his candidacy Wednesday morning in an email. He has also launched a website and a Facebook page for his campaign.

Vice-Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and Ward 3 City Councilman Fred Howe III have also qualified to be on the ballot. Local business owner Ryan Bullock has announced his intentions to run, but has not yet qualified to be on the ballot.

Former City Councilman Matt Kelly has qualified to be on the ballot to run for an at-large seat on the City Council, Pitchford said. At-large City Councilwoman Kerry Devine has announced her intentions to keep her seat and Planning Commissioner Roy McAfee has announced his intentions to run for an at-large seat, but neither has qualified to be on the ballot yet.

Candidates have until March 6 to file.

Here is Paxson’s emailed announcement:

Matt Paxson, an Associate Pastor at Fairview Baptist church, has announced his run for Mayor of Fredericksburg via a Facebook and campaign website video. The two-minute forty-seven second video can be seen at the Matt Paxson for Mayor website ( and Paxson for Mayor Facebook page ( Visitors to either site can also download his very specific campaign agenda. Matt Paxson is not the candidate who will campaign on platitudes or slogans about “expanding economic development and tourism.” Matt Paxson’s specific agenda will accomplish this and numerous other goals that he believes have eluded Fredericksburg long enough. As of this date, Paxson is the only candidate for Mayor providing specific details and a point by point plan outlining how he will accomplish and pay for his agenda.

Paxson believes the city spends too much money on hiring consultants and commissioning studies; he believes the city should be doing most of this kind of work in-house. Paxson believes it is time to take action if we are going to accomplish city goals. Paxson says he will work to redirect these kind of expenditures into unmet or under-met priorities, like investing in the Fredericksburg arts community and protecting Fredericksburg’s historic resources.

Matt Paxson is an accomplished leader who has led humanitarian trips throughout the world, including to Argentina, El Salvador, Israel and Peru where his teams focused on building infrastructure and training teachers, public safety personnel and empowering local citizens. Matt Paxson holds two masters degrees, in Divinity and Public Policy. He attended the Sorenson Institute at the University of Virginia and spent a year researching revitalization programs in Virginia and City Council activity before announcing his run for Mayor. Matt and is wife Julianne live in the Great Oaks neighborhood of Fredericksburg.