July 31, 2013 — At 25, Matt Kiser is the youngest Olive Hill City Council member. His hope is to positively serve the city he has always loved and called home.
“My generation will be running this town and making the decisions one day so why not get a jump start on helping now,” said Kiser. “Respect is something to be earned and jumping in with both feet at such a young age doesn’t earn me respect and some may not think I can do this, but I will.”
For Kiser, the decision to join Council was made after careful thought and consideration.
“When my grandparents talked about Olive Hill it was a place that brought great pride to them and now, unfortunately people outside of our town think of it as a slum and that is not what any of us want,” said Kiser. “I don't expect Council to be an easy task. It is important to me to know what the people want and need and then tackle those problems facing all of us with a common sense approach .”
Kiser said that he plans to look ahead and not back in his service to Olive Hill.
“It is time to step away from the old and give the city back to all of the people and not just to a small group,” said Kiser. “We have to stop blaming everything on the past and move forward into finding solutions for the future.”
Kiser has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16. He talks about how the 2010 floods impacted him personally and the town he loves.
“I was in a wet suit for 14 hours when the flood happened,” remembered Kiser. “Neighbors were helping neighbors and everyone cared, it is sad to say that it took a natural disaster of that magnitude to pull people together.”