Vote for Gus Matchunis – Tega Cay City Council
I am a 22-year resident of Tega Cay, and the only Council person to ever live on the East side of the lake in “New Tega Cay”. Having lived for 18 years on the peninsula and 3 years on the East Side, I feel I am uniquely qualified to help lead Tega Cay. I am married and have raised two children to adulthood in Tega Cay and have three more young children to go! Making sure that the little ones have the same opportunities and the same lifestyle as the older ones did is one of the main reasons I ran for Council. I’m proud of what we accomplished the last two years and the direction the city is heading, and excited to get Catawba Park funded and under construction. Maintaining our reputation as THE recreational community of Lake Wylie speaks to me.
Balancing the growth of our City with the needs of the residents and the community is one of my main concerns. I also want to hear your concerns, as I will be representing you for four more years.
I have served our City for the last two years on City Council. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and have lived in the South my entire life. I have enjoyed a successful career in the Automotive Dealership Industry for the past 33 years, and have completed numerous continuing education courses, most recently the NADA Leadership Academy. I am passionate about everything I do, and that passion to help lead this great city of ours burns brightly. My oldest child was raised here in Tega Cay and graduated near the top of her class from Clemson Nursing School and now works at Levine Children’s Hospital with Pediatric Oncology patients.
I have a son who graduated USC in Columbia majoring in Criminal Justice with his eye on a career as a US Marshall. My three younger children are in middle and high school here and I hope they too develop the heart of a public servant. Their success is a direct result of our amazing schools. I love this Lake we all live on, and protecting it as a source of drinking water and recreation maintains our lifestyle and our reputation as a recreational community. I refuse to ask for campaign contributions from friends, family, or anyone else and will not be influenced by any contributors.
The citizens of Tega Cay elected me two years ago to serve on City Council. During my campaign, I promised to ensure that the developer on Stonecrest would protect our most precious resource, Lake Wylie. When their erosion control measures failed, the site was shut down until they repaired their site and DHEC and the City approved it. I live nearby and drive by this site daily so I can keep an eye on their progress. We secured funding to build a sidewalk this Spring from Stonecrest along Dam Road past River Lakes all the way to Lake Ridge without using city tax dollars to help connectivity.We declined every housing development offered to the city, and passed Impact Fees to ensure that growth can actually pay for growth. We were voted #1 Safest City and #1 Best Place to Live in SC. We added several new businesses and an office park along Stonecrest. We built a new state of the art police station that will serve our city for years to come. We partnered up with All Play Together to build the first all-inclusive park in the area where people of all abilities can gather and enjoy all that our community has to offer. We made some much needed and overdue repairs to many of our parks and added Pickle Ball and Bocce Ball to our recreational opportunities making it clear that we wish to remain THE recreational community of Lake Wylie. All of this was done without raising taxes! There is much work left to do, and I’d like one more term to help get it done. We have an amazing group heading up fundraising for Catawba Park, and some of the brightest minds in the City on the Economic Development Commission to help bring in more commercial enterprises to our undeveloped and underdeveloped areas in the City and adjacent to the City and available for annexation.
The City of Tega Cay operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Tega Cay is governed by a Mayor and City Council who are elected by the people of the City to at-large seats for 4 year terms. Terms are staggered, whereby every 2 years, either 2 or 3 members of council seats are up for election.
On January 2nd 2018, Council Member David O’Neal was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Tega Cay. Because his term on Council had not yet expired, a special election was held on March 20th, 2018 to fill his seat on Council for the remainder of his unexpired term and the residents of Tega Cay selected me to help guide our great city.
“It is the responsibility of the City Council to guide the City to meet the strategic vision of the City, through the passage of Ordinances and Resolutions.