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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of HaywardCandidate for City Council

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Matt McGrath

Retired Department Director
5,762 votes (8.36%)
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Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety, fully staffed and highly trained
  • Cleathinness, clean streets and sidewalks as well as maintained properties
  • Fiscal responsibility



After 30 years of service, I recently retired from the City of Hayward as Director of Maintenance and Operations. I am running for Hayward City Council because while we have made good progress in Hayward, I believe we can make it better.


Growing up in Hayward on Gading Rd. and being raised by a single mom, I learned the values of hard work, caring for my neighbors and a strong sense of community. While serving in the Marines, I learned about dedicated services, strategic planning and protecting and defending my country and my city.


I rose through the City’s ranks to become Director of a major city department by getting to know every nook and cranny in the city, by making sure that jobs were done efficiently and effectively, with fiscal accountability and by respecting both the people I worked with and the taxpayers I worked for. I want to continue to help improve the City that gave me the opportunity for a great career.


My job taught me the “nuts and bolts” of Hayward, how it operates and what it takes to deliver the best services possible.  On the City Council, I will continue to demand the very best for our Hayward community from our City administrators. I will be able to relate to workers’ concerns while keeping everyone accountable.  I will focus on public safety, after school programs, good parks, better maintained streets and sidewalks and keeping our city clean.


I am honored to have the support of Hayward’s Fire Fighters, Police, Mobile Homeowner's Association, Teamsters Local 70, Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21, SEIU 1021, Building and Construction Trades Council, Alameda County’s Democratic Party, Labor Council, the East Bay Times, business owners and residents.


We all want the same thing: a safe environment for our families, a clean community to be proud of, and a progressively forward moving and healthily city.


You can count on me to work overtime for a greater Hayward.

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