Greenville native and attorney Matt Johnson is running for Greenville City Council.

Johnson, who is a shareholder in the Greenville office of Ogletree Deakins, filed to run for the District 1 seat now held by Amy Ryberg Doyle, who announced last month she would not seek a fourth term.

Matt Johnson

Johnson will run as a Democrat.

District 1 encompasses the North Main Street area as well as the area near Bob Jones University.

“Greenville is my home, and I want to ensure that it will remain a place where our children can afford to live and be proud to call home,” he said in a news release announcing his candidacy.

In the news release, Johnson said he wants to provide “thoughtful, strong leadership to ensure our neighborhoods are heard and that the city’s ordinances foster appropriate growth and urban planning, while ensuring affordable housing options for all income levels.”

He said wants the city to improve neighborhoods, enhance parks and natural resources, and support community centers.

In addition, he said he will focus on redistricting in 2021 and the GVL2040 comprehensive plan to ensure it is forward-thinking and ambitious to match prior successes such as the revitalization of Main Street and Falls Park.

Johnson completed two terms on the Greenville Planning Commission and served as chairman. In that role, he made recommendations to the City Council on zoning and annexation issues, reviewed subdivisions, and was involved in comprehensive planning. In addition, he served on the city’s residential infill task force, which analyzed and made recommendations to the council about infill projects, their impact on existing neighborhoods, and related ordinances.

Johnson is a steering committee member with the Greenville Homeless Alliance. He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville.

Johnson attended Augusta Circle Elementary, Hughes Middle, and Greenville High. He earned a degree in philosophy from Rhodes College and his law degree from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He clerked for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey before returning to Greenville.

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