Announced today, Matt Kunz will be competing with Julie Zahner Bailey for the District 2 seat.
With this in mind, only the District 4 seat currently held by Burt Hewitt is left without an opponent.
A History of Matt Kunz
Matt Kunz is the son of former NFL Atlanta Falcon offensive tackle George Kunz and Gainesville, GA native Mary Sue Kunz. They moved to Scottsdale AZ for the off-season after his playing rights were traded to the Baltimore Colts where he played another 5 seasons. At the end of his NFL career, George ventured into McDonald’s restaurants in Show Low, AZ, but eventually moved his family to Las Vegas, NV, where he grew his McDonald’s businesses. Matt attended St. Viator Elementary and Bishop Gorman High School. Participating in the Boy Scouts and sports during this time, Matt achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, participated in the National Honor Society, captained two varsity sports in Football and Wrestling, and was selected as the Most Outstanding Senior Young Man in his high school class.
Matt attended the University of Notre Dame. While majoring in American Studies, he took classes in American Government, History, Literature, and Art. During this time, he became a walk-on linebacker in the football program, playing for head coaches Lou Holtz and Bob Davie, as well as future Florida head coach Urban Meyer. He was selected by his peers and the coaching staff to be the only walk-on to travel every game his sophomore year, earning playing time on special teams along with an Orange Bowl ring. His junior year, he played often, traveling coast to coast in the US, but also participating in a game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. His senior year, experiencing four early losses with a new coaching staff, Matt asked for a meeting with head coach Bob Davie. The outcome lead to actions that spurred the greatest turnaround in Notre Dame history from a 1-4 record to a 7-5 finish including a bowl game at the Independence Bowl. Matt graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies in 1998. He has often been asked to give speeches about his experiences at Notre Dame and how it pertains to leadership. He has done so for Catholic schools in Fort Wayne, IN, the Alpharetta High School Future Business Leaders of America, and the Roswell Rotary Club.
Matt met his wife, RaDonna, in 2000. RaDonna had already lived off Deerfield Pkwy since 1997 when she fell in love with the area. Matt and RaDonna married in 2002 and lived in the Villages of Devonshire Apartments until they bought their first home together in the Sable Point community. That was in 2003, and they have lived in their home ever since. Together, they raise their three dogs: Jack, Buster, and Rockne. They also have a cat named Vinnie, and two beta fish. They enjoy spending their free time walking their dogs at Birmingham Park and North Park, spending time with neighbors, reading, fixing the house, and playing racquetball.