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ON OUR WATER BOARD I WILL: 

Secure our water supply

Expand regional partnerships to make Marin resilient to drought and wildfire

Ensure our 22,000-acre watershed is safe for current and future generations

As a Deputy Fire Chief, I focus on enhancing local emergency responses and wildfire prevention.

I am running for Water Board because the Marin Municipal Water District is facing an emergency and is not taking the necessary steps to safeguard our County.

Drought, climate change and wildfires are threats we need to prepare for. We also must take proactive steps to solve problems before they occur.

I ask for your vote so we can respond to future challenges and ensure Marin has a resilient and secure water supply.

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ABOUT MATT

Matt Samson is a San Rafael resident living in Terra Linda with his wife and two daughters, who attend Vallecito Elementary School. He moved to Marin in 1989 and grew up in the Contempo Marin neighborhood where his parents still live. Matt attended Miller Creek Middle School and Terra Linda High School before going to UC Santa Barbara where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. While at UCSB, he was a member of the men’s varsity water polo team.

Matt currently serves as the Deputy Fire Chief for the South San Francisco Fire Department in San Mateo County. He has spent 23 years in emergency services, beginning in Santa Barbara and continuing as a firefighter with the Marinwood Fire Department and now South San Francisco. Matt has completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program where he earned the Manno Award for outstanding research on emerging fire services issues.

Matt focuses his efforts on enhancing local emergency response through regional partnerships and has recently concentrated these efforts on wildfire response in the urban interface by improving evacuation planning and management. He concentrates on collaboration between government agencies and understands the connection between wildfire and water regarding environmental changes experienced over the past decade. 

WE SUPPORT MATT FOR MARIN WATER BOARD:

Recommended By:

Elected/Appointed Officials

  • Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice
  • Marin County Supervisor Elect Eric Lucan
  • Marin County Supervisor Elect Mary Sackett
  • San Rafael Mayor Kate Colin
  • San Rafael Vice Mayor Rachel Kertz 
  • San Rafael Councilmember Maribeth Bushey
  • San Rafael Councilmember Eli Hill
  • San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips (Fmr.)
  • San Rafael City School Board of Education Vice President Lucia Martel-Dow
  • San Rafael City School Board of Education Trustee Carolina Martin
  • San Rafael City School Board of Education Trustee Gina Daly
  • Miller Creek School District Trustee Brad Honsberger
  • San Anselmo Councilmember John Wright (Fmr.)
  • Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board Member Kurt Chun
  • Novato Fire Protection District Board Member Shane Francisco
  • Marinwood Fire Department Commissioner John Seratt
  • Marinwood Fire Chief Tom Roach (Ret.)
  • San Anselmo Park and Recreation Commissioner Ryan Lafrenz
  • Marinwood Community Services District Board Member Dave Mitchell (Ret.)
  • Patty Garbarino, Marin County Board of Education Trustee
  • Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold

Organizations

  • Northbay Labor Council
  • Marin Coalition for Water Solutions
  • Marin Women’s Political Action Committee
  • Access4Bikes
  • San Rafael Chamber of Commerce 
  • SEIU Local 1021

Organizational Leaders

  • Priscilla Bull, Chair of Marin Conservation League* (Former)
  • Bill Keene, General Manager Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District* (former)
  • Andrew Levine, East Bay Municipal Utility District* Chief Information Officer (former)
  • Rich Shortall, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District* President
  • Ann Thomas, Marin Audubon Society* Treasurer
  • Kimery Wiltshire, Confluence West* CEO

Community Leaders

  • Eric Boales
  • Robin Buccheri
  • Kristi Denton Cohen
  • Caran Cuneo
  • Lisa Doran
  • Dan Dunnigan
  • Michele Holleran
  • Peter Holleran
  • Vernon Huffman 
  • Tad Jacobs
  • Ray Lorber
  • Arn & Donna Malliett
  • Lynn Muzio Merlo
  • Joan Mitchell
  • Richard O Gallagher
  • Alison Roberts
  • Andrea Salvemini
  • Windi Snearly
  • Alison Stepkowski  
  • Greg Stilson 

Matt In the News

Marin Independent Journal | August 29, 2022

Marin Voice: Examining MMWD decisions from a firefighters’ perspective


By Matthew Samson

""As a deputy fire chief, I recognize an emergency when I see one. The Marin Municipal Water District is facing multiple emergencies, from drought to wildfire to climate change. It is not adequately responding to or preparing for any of them."

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