Matthew “Matt” Watson was elected District 11 Metropolitan Councilman in the November 8, 2016 primary. Born in Midland, MI, Matt moved to Natchitoches, LA to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Social Thought from the Louisiana Scholars’ College on the campus of Northwestern State University. He then moved to the great city of Baton Rouge and has called it home since 1997.
Matt is the East Baton Rouge accounts manager for Cajun Ready Mix Concrete which affords him first-hand experience and knowledge of how we are growing in the five-parish area. As the father of two young children, Matt is passionate about public safety. In 2015, he helped craft new laws regulating door-to-door solicitation on private property. In 2014, he worked to improve quality of life on our neighborhood streets by helping craft the law reducing the speed limit on residential streets to 25 mph.
Prior to his election to Metro Council, Matt ran inter-agency communications, community outreach and research as the Legislative Aide for the previous District 11 administration. Matt is honored to serve the residents of District 11, which includes portions of Government Street and the Jefferson Highway corridor to Siegen Lane. Always available, Matt attends civic association meetings to hear concerns about where we are as a city/parish, find out what is happening in each neighborhoods and talk about what we can do to make Baton Rouge the city/parish we all deserve.
Matt lives in the Old Goodwood neighborhood with his two children Jack and Nora. They are parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. He loves playing outdoor sports with his children and helped coach his son’s soccer team for five years with the Y and BRSC. They are enthusiastic visitors of Goodwood Park and enjoy the amenities of the BREC facility, including tether ball, tennis, playing catch and even climbing trees.
Serving the people of East Baton Rouge Parish in the city of Baton Rouge has been the single most rewarding part of my professional career. The arts make a giant part of the experience that we have here and greatly impact the quality of life that we have for the adults and what we pass onto our children.