Marysville resident Charlie Mathews announced his candidacy late in 2019 and with the start of the new year, is now moving forward with his campaign. Mathews is the current North Director on the YWA Board and seeks another 4-year term.
Born and raised in Yuba County, Mathews is a 4th generation resident. He graduated from Marysville High School, University of San Francisco and is a graduate of Ag Leadership. After managing peaches and prunes, he has grown rice for the past 54 years.
Mathews joined his first water/irrigation board more than 50 years ago, at the same time he began rice farming. He has served continuously as an active advocate on various water issues since that time and in the 1980’s, served his first term as a member of the Yuba Water Agency. He cites his 5 decades of experience with water issues as what uniquely qualifies him to help direct the future of the Yuba Water Agency.
“With the New Bullard’s Bar Dam payback completed in 2016, the Yuba Water Agency is now receiving revenues of $50 million - $80 million per year”, Mathews stated. “There are many important projects that I would like to see completed in my next term, such as keeping Ellis Lake fresh and blue by pumping fresh water into it to remove the green algae that forms every summer and fall”, he continued.
Mathews has also maintained his platform of “Your Water, Your Money” from 4 years ago. He has argued that the citizens of Yuba County should receive a credit on their PG&E bills and/or property tax bills with a portion of the revenues earned by the sale of electricity and water from the New Bullard’s Bar Dam.
If there are any questions, please call or text Charlie Mathews at (530) 218-1002