Matt Gaiser running for County Commissioner


Athens real estate agent Matt Gaiser is running for Athens County Commissioner - excerpted from Athens News, Feb 15, 2010.

Republican takes step toward running for Eliason's seat


By David DeWitt

The race for Athens County commissioner is heating up with a Republican taking out petitions to challenge incumbent Democrat Lenny Eliason, who has now officially announced his bid for re-election.

Two Democrats already had taken out petitions to challenge Eliason in the May primary. These include Nelsonville businesswoman Miki Brooks and 2008 commissioner primary candidate Charlie Adkins of Albany.

Now, Larry Conrath Realty agent Matt Gaiser, a Republican, is also circulating petitions to run for the office. Having a degree in culinary arts and being a certified chef, Gaiser came to Athens seven years ago as a restaurant manager to open Damon's restaurant, according to his biography on the Larry Conrath Realty Web site.

Both Gaiser and wife, Hillery, left the hospitality industry to start a family, and launch new careers in real estate, the site bio states. Gaiser has been an active member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce since 2000, and has held positions as the co-chair, and then chair of the ambassador committee. In 2002, Gaiser was voted as the "Ambassador of the Year" by business peers in the Athens area, according to the site.

"At this time, I am strongly considering running, and am actively circulating petitions," Gaiser said when asked about his candidacy. "When I file, I will begin to speak to certain issues and specific reasons for my running."

He said he expects to file his petitions by this Thursday's deadline.