Candidate for Glen Cove
In 2017, on the urging of neighbors, friends, and concerned citizens, I stepped up to the plate and ran for Glen Cove City Council. Ultimately, we lost our bid, but we made significant strides. While I lost the election by 35 votes, I was the 2nd highest vote-getter among the six Democratic candidates, gained major support across the city, and I was honored to receive support from people of all walks of life representing the rich heritage of our city.
In the past two years, I have remained engaged in the community and my resolve to serve the people of Glen Cove is stronger than ever. Additionally, the Friends of Gaitley Committee has remained active and has organized several events to encourage support and raise funds for the campaign. And the big news is - as of February 13th, I was honored to officially receive the Democratic Nomination for City Council of Glen Cove. Now the work begins in earnest.
To stay informed about my campaign and learn more about where I stand on issues, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram and visit our official campaign website.
In addition to strong communication skills, I have past experience in administration, community building, and fiscal responsibility. I bring a willingness to listen. We are stronger together, we can solve problems better together. Whether it is in regards to finances, infrastructure, education, transportation, development, the environment, the arts, or culture, it has to begin and end with the community.
I truly appreciate and I am humbled by your support as I work to make a difference in our great city.
Thank you to all of those who serve, have served, or have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country!
Memory and Tribute
Memorial Day. I’ll never forget, as a young boy, hearing my family talk about our next door neighbor's son, who was killed during the Vietnam War. I must have been five or six at the time. I can just see his picture, in his dress army uniform, sitting on top of the neighbor's console TV in their living room.
Of course, being so young, I didn’t understand it all, but the sense of overwhelming sadness coupled with pride left a lasting impression on me. Like so many boys who grew up in the 60’s and 70s, I knew my plans for the future might very likely take a different turn after high school, with being sent off to war via the draft. I can’t say I thought about it always, but it certainly was an underlying “humm” in one’s daily life. Of course this changed in 1975 with the end of the Vietnam War. While I have never served in the armed service, I recognize and honor those who have chosen to serve and especially those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These men and women protect our freedom so that the rest of us can live out the dream outlined in our Declaration of Independence - the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They’re not just words and they come at a cost.
This Memorial Day weekend, I say thank you to all veterans, and all who currently serve our nation. I extend heartfelt gratitude to all who paid the ultimate price and to the families who have lost loved ones in service to our country. While I am fortunate not to have lost loved ones in my immediate family due to war, here are the heroes in my family who have served.
1st Image: My dad. James Hunter Mathews Sr., with his little brother, Frank Mathews, on his knee. Dad served in the Navy during WWII and Uncle Frank later served during the Vietnam War. 2nd Image: My mom. Jean Pearsall Gaitley Mathews. Mom served in the Cadet Nurse Corps. during WWII and later worked in public health. 3rd Image: My father-in-law, Wilbert Stevenson. Wil served in the Army during WWII and was stationed in Egypt for part of the war. 4th Image: My brother, Retired Colonel James Hunter Mathews Jr,. and a young Afghan boy. I'm so proud of my brother who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Mom and Dad passed away in 1997 and my Uncle Frank in 1998, but my father-in-law, Wil, and my brother, Hunter, are alive and well. My gratitude to all who have served and serve and my condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the armed forces. It is important that we remember and honor these people. Their service must never be forgotten. It is because of them that we enjoy our freedom.
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As a Glen Cove resident I am excited and thrilled to learn that Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews has launched his kickoff campaign for city council. I first met Gaitley when I returned to live in NY in late 2015 and was immediately taken by his kind demeanor. Knowing I was going to be a local voter I asked him a few question on the current situations in Glen Cove and I can tell you all, this man has his finger on the pulse of this city. I have never seen such love for the city by any possible candidate, ever!
Over the past few years I have gotten to know Gaitley even more and a true friendship has developed built on honesty and mutual respect. I can tell you all, nobody cares for this city more than this man! If there is a happening around town, Gaitley can be found. If there is a church service he has most likely attended one or two. If you need to bring the community together, rest assured Gaitley can do it. To find him at one of these functions it’s really quite simple, just look for the man with the biggest smile on his face.
He will be talking with anyone who seeks an answer on today’s Glen Cove issues. If he doesn’t have the answer, you can be sure he will find it and relay it to the person who has asked.
Politically, I am on the opposite side of the fence with Gaitley, so this is in no way a partisan letter. Gaitley does not see left or right with local politics, he only sees what’s best for the City of Glen Cove. I urge you all, if you have not met this man, seek him out. He will win not only your friendship, but your confidence and vote as well. Good Luck Gaitley, Glen Cove needs you and others like you!
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Having been a police officer and a detective in the City of Glen Cove for close to thirty years, I came to appreciate leadership, organization, and problem solving. Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews has all of these skills and much more. He worked as Producing Director of a theatre company for many years, serves on various boards and advisory councils here in the city, and currently works as a voice and speech coach. If there is an important cause, Stevenson-Mathes is there to help. In addition, he has a true connection to the community, a sincere love of our city, and an uncanny ability to bring people from different backgrounds and walks of life together. This, coupled with his drive and administrative knowhow, make him a strong candidate and will make him an even stronger City Councilman.
As a father and someone who has lived in Glen Cove his entire life, I appreciate that Stevenson-Mathews makes a point to be supportive of families and our young people. Whether it be attending a concert at the high school, a sporting event, a performance or an initiative to raise money for after school programs, Stevenson-Mathews is there. His commitment to making a difference in Glen Cove is strong, real, and genuine. I truly believe he is what our city needs! I urge everyone to consider Stevenson-Mathews and join me in supporting him.
Thanks to your help, I won my seat on City Council! It was an amazing victory. I could not have been more proud of everyone involved.
As I fight for you at City Hall, I hope you will consider being involved as a volunteer or through a financial contribution. Your continued support makes a big difference and is greatly appreciated.
My best always,
Glen Cove City Councilman
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Visiting Local Businesses
Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews, candidate for Glen Cove City Council, making the rounds in Glen Cove visiting local businesses.
As Gaitley continues to talk to area residents at community events and public festivals, he is also taking time to visit local business to hear their success stories and their concerns. “Local businesses are at the heart of what makes Glen Cove great. We need to ask on an on going basis, ‘What can we do to keep our local businesses and help them grow?’”
Gaitley will be making the rounds, but if you own a local business and want to contact him directly to set up an appointment, please feel free to message him directly at email@example.com.
Gaitley Come Talk to Me
and let's get moving!
Glen Cove City Council Candidate, Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews, invites citizens of Glen Cove to join him for his morning walk and at the gym to burn some calories - while talking issues! Honored to be on the Team Tenke ticket!
If able to join me, please email me at so I know to look for you. At my gym, I'm only permitted to have one free guest at a time. Of course, in the park, bring your walking club! Happy to join you at your gym if you have a guest pass!
February 13, 2019
Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews officially receives the Democratic Nomination for City Council of Glen Cove at the Nassau County Democratic Convention. An exciting evening for Gaitley and his Glen Cove supporters who have been urging him to run for years. "Thank you all! I am honored to be running on the Team Tenke ticket and look forward to serving the people of Glen Cove!"