Meet Harmony, N.C.’s New Mayor: GDA Graduate Daniel Lee Matney

It’s been a busy and exciting year for Daniel Lee Matney.

Less than a year after graduating with his new guide dog, Merlin, Matney was sworn in as Mayor of Harmony, North Carolina. He took the race over the incumbent candidate who had held the position since 2011.

Matney’s partnership with Merlin played a significant role in his decision to enter Harmony’s 2017 mayoral race. “The confidence I have in Merlin to negotiate us through town, get me to meetings safely and quickly, and knowing he’ll behave nicely wherever we end up were all important factors in my decision to run for mayor.”

Matney started his campaign for mayor because he was inspired and encouraged by the town of Harmony, his experience at GDA, his amazing guide dog, and all the wonderful, generous people who touched his life. “I ran a fun campaign,” he said. “I never expected to win. I just wanted to inspire and encourage the community and spread a vision of growth and unity here in Harmony.”


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