Hi. My name is Matt Rinker, and I'm honored to be your candidate for Atlanta City Council.
I'm a proud East Atlanta homeowner, and I've lived in Atlanta since 2004. I moved here from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, where I was born and raised. My dad, Roger, worked in the Steamfitters Union and in the car industry, and my Mom, Judi, stayed home to raise me and my three older siblings and then pursued her own college education. She's now been a public school teacher for 25 years and I'm very proud of her. Hard work, education and giving back to the community were all pretty important in our household and are values I carry with me to this day. And being the youngest of four kids I learned pretty quickly to stand up for myself.
I graduated from Courtland High School, but I also attended Spotsylvania Vocational Center, where I served as the Virginia Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) State Treasurer. I went on to graduate with two Bachelor degrees in English and Communications from Longwood University, where I was honored to be elected Class President. I also served as a reporter on the school newspaper and news director at our college radio station. I was elected President of our Phi Kappa Tau chapter, where I was named Outstanding Chapter President by the National Fraternity because of my work strengthening relationships with our Alumni, achieving a balanced budget, and curing outstanding debts within the membership.
Atlanta is home, and I like to stay active in my community and give back, which is why I volunteer and raise money for Hosea Feed The Hungry, Project Open Hand, CHRIS Kids, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, and other groups. I work hard in the real estate marketing industry, and I also like to stay active by participating in ATLAS Bowling League, GoKickball League, and the Hotlanta Softball League where I served as Secretary for 3 years and raised and donated thousands of dollars to local charities.
I'm running for Atlanta City Council because for nearly a decade I've watched our great city excel in some areas, and flounder in others. We can and must do more to help Atlanta live up to its full potential. I hope you'll check out my Issues Page, or email me directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to earn your support and your vote over the next few months. Thank you so much for your time.