Matt cares about our community and will fight for all of us. After the Woodscape Apartments fire, Matt was the only candidate who sprung into action. The morning after the fire, he brought out local businesses to donate food and water. He then organized donation drives and was right there with the Red Cross helping displaced families find homes. That shows the type of leader Matt Newton is, not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work, and why he is who we need as our next district representative.”
Matt is a 38 year-old lifelong resident of Charlotte and a product of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. He graduated from Myers Park High School at the age of 16 and later graduated from UNC-Wilmington at age 19. He obtained his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2004, while volunteering at a local Domestic Violence Clinic and clerking at local law firms.
After law school, Matt was an attorney at Huron Consulting Group, Inc. where he worked on multi-million dollar lawsuits. Simultaneously, he started his own law firm in 2007 that became Newton & Arroyo, PLLC after he partnered with his fiancé, Tiffany Arroyo, in 2011. To this day, Matt is an accredited attorney and the current managing partner of Newton & Arroyo, which has devoted a large portion of its practice to indigent services and has been recognized as one of “Charlotte’s Finest” law firms by Creative Loafing.
Matt is also an accomplished community advocate. He is a former Board Member of The Male’s Place, former Committee Member of the Charlotte Chapter of the ACLU, and former General Counsel/Board Member of the National Action Network-Charlotte. His law firm has been involved in numerous legal presentations and panels hosted by Community Organizations and Churches and Matt has personally coordinated with the Charlotte School of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, met with international delegations at International House to discuss local government, and acted as an attorney advisor for the Community Expungment Clinic coordinated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.
In 2013, Matt led the effort, supported by 11-community organizations including the NAACP, ACLU-Charlotte, Democracy NC, and Action NC, to amend Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board ordinance. In doing so, Matt wrote a 40-page report and model ordinances that were accepted by the City Council before unanimous passage (11-0, including all Democrats and Republicans) of the amended ordinance. That same year, Matt was honored with the 2013 Legacy Award by the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party and legendary civil rights attorney James Ferguson, II, of Ferguson, Chambers, & Sumter, P.A. Matt later participated in the successful Ban-the-Box and municipal living wage initiatives.
More recently, Matt has served as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, between April, 2015 and April, 2017. This elected position was the culmination of an extensive resume of volunteer work within the Democratic Party, including Precinct Chair, County Executive Committee Member, State Executive Committee Member, County and Congressional District Delegate, County and Congressional District Convention Parliamentarian, and 2012 Get-Out-The-Vote Co-Chair for President Obama's re-election campaign.
As Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair, Matt presided over the most success that the local Democratic Party had experienced since 1956. Matt expanded the Party’s Blue Ballot initiative, led the Party’s participation in the largest Get-Out-The-Vote field operation ever, and oversaw record voter turnout and record local Democratic victories over the past two election cycles. Most importantly, Matt also recruited a record number of Democrats to run in Mecklenburg County, fought for a reasonable 2016 Early Vote plan, and led the Party efforts that flipped two Republican-held General Assembly seats and delivered the needed votes to get Roy Cooper elected Governor.