Raised in Vermont, I was one of those northerners that was attracted to the Keys at an early age.  Enticed by it's natural beauty and warm climate, it has always been Paradise to me.  Having been a frequent visitor since the early 80's, my wife Lisa and I made the move permanent when returning from civilian employment with the US Army overseas in Heidelberg, Germany in 2003.

Since then, I have owned a small business on Duval street, and had the pleasure of working for the State Attorney, the Public Defender, and Naval Air Station Key West.  Lisa has been a teacher at Gerald Adams Elementary for the past eight years.

During the last nine years I feel I have developed a good understanding of the challenges facing our community and County.  As you can see from the information to the right, I have been involved in politics before, in VT in the 1990's.  I had felt political public service was something I had left in my past as I broadened my work horizons here in the Keys.

However, the political activist in me could not sit idle.  Our County faces some very serious challenges.  Throughout the pages of this website I hope to inform you, the voter, of the critical role that the Monroe County Clerk of Courts needs to play going forward into the future to begin to resolve the issues facing us. I hope to delineate between symptoms and causes, and search for solutions.  I also hope to illustrate how I, due to my work ethic, knowledge, background, and ideas, can be an integral part of that effort as your County Clerk.  

I look forward to an active and informative campaign.

Matt

 




Age 46
Married to Lisa Gardi
Florida Keys resident since 2003

Education
Graduate Champlain College - Burlington, VT

Employer
Office of the State Attorney - Information Systems Director

Work Experience
  • ViaVende Technical Consulting - Owner
  • Naval Air Station Key West - MWR
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Gardi's Internet Cafe - Owner
  • US ARMY - MWR
  • VT Systems

Served
  • Burlington. VT City Council
  • City of Burlington Board of Finance
  • Chair, City of Burlington Liquor Control Commission
  • Chittenden County Court Diversion Hearing Board
 
Hobbies and Interests
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Running
  • Biking
  • Reading