MATTHEWS – Residents may not see any Jason Majewski campaign signs lining the town’s streets, but they will see his name on the mayoral primary ballot Oct. 8.
Majewski moved to Matthews from Fairfield, Conn., almost a year ago and quickly fell in love with the town. He entered the mayoral race to give voters another option and have his demographic represented in office.
“I’m 38 years old. I have three kids. I don’t know that the current commissioners or those running meet that same demographic, even those people that potentially tend to vote,” Majewski said. “So, those are two reasons: to give people an option and so that people like me who have a family and are very passionate about Matthews have a voice.”
He has been called a “shadow candidate,” which he doesn’t disagree with. He hopes to gain votes through word-of-mouth in his social and political circles as well as speaking engagements with potential voters. His phone number and email address are public on the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.
Though he does not have political experience, Majewski has an MBA, works in finance at a bank in Charlotte and has held managerial roles. He believes this experience will be an advantage to the role of mayor.
“Any of the financial concerns, I’m pretty comfortable with,” Majewski said.
He said his concerns for the town are education, traffic and preserving downtown Matthews, among others.
“I really hear what people have already expressed,” Majewski said. “But beyond that, just making sure that it’s a strong town. I’m talking about that fiscally, but also I would love to see single-family homes so there’s not as much congestion. I’m not opposed to the apartments but I think, potentially, that’s why we’re seeing a bit more congestion than what was originally planned for. All of those things I’m pretty passionate about. I live right by downtown, so I’m here all the time. I’m going to the library. I’m doing all the things that are active to the heart of Matthews.”
Majewski thinks the campaign is going well. However, he does not know what to expect for the primary.
If Majewski does not move past the primary, he will be OK with it. But he hopes to get more involved with the town’s education concerns and keep up with what is happening politically.
“I will be involved heavily, I think, in my kids’ community in terms of the education piece,” Majewski said. “[And] Making sure that certainly class sizes and teachers are where they need to be. That’s where I see me going next in my time. I do want to keep on top of anything that’s happening politically… so really making sure I’m aware of what’s going on. But beyond that, I don’t know that I’d be running actively following this primary if I weren’t to be continuing through this primary.”
Majewski plans to continue to meet with voters over coffee or speak to them over the phone about his campaign and his goals for Matthews. If he moves past the primary, he will consider increasing his campaign efforts and spreading the message further.
In the meantime, he just hopes to see a younger demographic represented in the town’s council.
“My sense is that there are a lot of young families here in Matthews,” Majewski said. “I hope that, one, they can be a little more engaged in the political process and two, that if they have concerns about education or where their schools are or their safety, or things at the library, that we can actively engage those conversations and be represented among the council members.”