District 11 - Matt Watson
Who is matt
Councilman Matt Watson lives in the Westminster/Pine Park neighborhood of District 11. He has a son and daughter and attends Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Matt is a graduate of the Louisiana Scholars’ College on the campus of Northwestern State University. As the father of two young children, Matt is passionate about the future of our parish. As early as 2014 he worked to improve quality of life on our neighborhoods by helping craft the law reducing the speed limit on residential streets to 25 miles per hour. In 2015 Matt helped craft new laws regulating door-to-door solicitors who wish to enter your private property.
Matt Watson was elected in the November 8th 2016 primary. Since elected, Matt has focused on public safety, economic development and blight remediation to make East Baton Rouge Parish and the city of Baton Rouge a more prosperous and healthy place to live. Matt is a Republican but works across party lines. In doing so, Matt has increased the penalties on owners of blighted property who refuse to clean up; brought the subject of our underpaid and understaffed police force to the forefront of public discussion; reduced the cost of equipment to detect and treat cancer for our non-profit cancer centers; and worked with the Hotel Industry to pass legislation which will reduce the drug trade, prostitution and human trafficking in our hotels.
As a member of the Metropolitan Council Blight Committee, Matt is always working on plans to make blight remediation more effective. You'll also find him out in the community helping clean up what keeps East Baton Rouge from being as beautiful a place as it can be.
“Blight and dilapidated properties increase crime, reduce quality of life, public safety and economic opportunity for all of us. I will use an efficient, common-sense approach to clean up our parish, which will improve the quality of all of our lives."
-Councilman Matt Watson
As a member of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program Committee, Matt works with Councilman LaMont Cole, and representatives of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and representatives from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
“It is my mission to move our parish to a matrix-based form of granting industrial tax exemptions based on increased employment and investment in our community that also incentivizes pro-active environmental spending so we can take a lead in environmental quality instead of lagging behind the nation."
-Councilman Matt Watson
Always available, Matt would love to attend your civic association meetings to hear your concerns about where we are as a community, find out what is happening in your neighborhood, and talk about what we can do to make East Baton Rouge the parish we all deserve.
Metro21 Live Video
View the anti-human trafficking debate from January 24, 2018.
Jonathan Tittlebaum serves as Legislative Aide with his focus being infrastructure, property disputes and zoning. Please call his direct cell at 225-400-1379 or the office at 225-389-5169 or email Jonathan.
Open Neighborhood BR: Council District 11
View the map below and learn more about requests for service, permitting activity, police and traffic incidents, and more in Council District 11 — all part of our commitment to transparency and digital citizen engagement through open data. For more information, visit Open Neighborhood BR: Council District 11.