Why I'm Running

Matt Hamel is running for Chesapeake City Council because he believes in our community and our families. From public safety to public schools, Matt has a commitment to keep Chesapeake a safe and prosperous city to raise a family and run a business. Matt believes that Chesapeake needs to grow responsibly for future generations and for Chesapeake to be a place all will want to call - and stay - home.

Matt in the Community

Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs, City of Chesapeake (2008-Present)
o Chairman (2015), Vice Chairman (2014), Secretary (2009-2013)

YMCA of South Hampton Roads
o Board Member: Greenbrier Family YMCA (2015); Hilltop YMCA (2016-2017); Greenbrier Family YMCA (2018).
o George Williams Society Donor (2015, 2016 and 2017)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
o Life Member, SSG Jonathan K. Dozier Memorial Post 2894, Chesapeake, VA

South Norfolk Ruritan Club (2009-Present)
o Participated in several “Paint Your Heart Out” events.
o Volunteered at several Blue Crab Fest events.
o Volunteered at several Great American Food Fest events .

Meet Matt

Matt Hamel is a licensed attorney in three states. Following service as an active duty Navy JAG Attorney, Matt founded a law firm that serves military service-members and spouses in domestic relations and criminal matters. The law firm employs a retired Chesapeake Police Officer and a retired Chesapeake school teacher, as well as another former Navy JAG attorney.

Prior to entering the civilian legal sector, Matt served as a Navy prosecutor in the Navy's busiest litigation office, as well as a Staff Judge Advocate to several Commands and Staffs. He also volunteered for deployment to Iraq during the surge (2007-2008) and served inside a Detention Facility in Baghdad where he was responsible for the parole style review boards of the Multi-National Force Review Committee and the review of the high value (Deck of Cards) Detainees. He was selected for promotion to Commander (O-5) in the Navy Reserves in 2017 and continues to serve as a Reservist JAG Attorney.

His military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Expert Pistol Shot Medal and numerous unit and service awards.

Bachelor of Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Juris Doctorate, Rutgers University, State University of New Jersey

Meet Matt's Family

Matt Hamel has been married to his wife, Karen, for over 17 years.

Karen has been a Registered Nurse at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center since 2006 and will be celebrating her 12th year there shortly. She is also a proud alum of the University of Virginia.

They have four children, ages 15, 12, 11 and 8.
Their oldest is a sophomore at Grassfield High School. The younger three are very involved in baseball and soccer.

Matt and Boys

Matt and His Sons

Fam Boat Photo


Merry Christmas 2017


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