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"Lee Myers - soul of Matthews with the heart of gold"

Marilyn BowlerThe man with the piercing blue eyes, the gentle and ready grin, and the hand extended in a warm Southern welcome will reel off a million reasons why Matthews is the world’s greatest community.  He’s the proud mayor of the burgeoning town perched against south Charlotte and he’s considered by many the ultimate people’s politician.

Royce Lee Myers was named for his grandfather but is best known as “Lee.”  Born in Mecklenburg County to Dottie Myers and Charles T. Myers, he is the eldest of four children and the only one to follow in the political footsteps of his well-known County Commissioner father.  (Mecklenburg County named the Charles T. Myers Golf Course on Harrisburg Road in honor of Charlie, who concepted the idea of turning a landfill into a golf course open to the public.)

A graduate of East Mecklenburg High School and East Carolina University, Lee earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Oklahoma City University and was licensed to practice law in North Carolina in 1976.  Easily one of the most recognizable figures in the hallways of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Lee is a well-respected attorney and principle partner with Myers Law Firm, PLLC.  The Charlotte - based firm is located on McDowell Street, an easy walk from office to court.  Lee practices with his son Matthew, also an attorney. 

In Matthews where elections are non-partisan Lee is often heard to state that he’s a member of “the Matthews party.”  He has won election to the highest post 8 times… 7 times unopposed.  Lucinda, his wife of 33 years, is his biggest advocate and has her own ideas about Lee’s election – winning success. “He has invested 20 years of his life in our town and really thinks about the issues, considers all sides and tries to be fair in his decisions.  He started so many wheels turning in Matthews… Lee is committed to the office of Mayor.” And it shows.  “Lee is one of those select politicians who are not in it for any personal gain or power.  He is just determined to do a good job for the people of Matthews,” commented close friend and fellow-pilot, Jim Thomasson. 

The Mayor’s love of all things outdoors has lead him to enjoy – and actively participate in – offshore sailing, mountain bike riding, both water skiing and snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking and camping. He owns his own plane – a Cessna 172 – and in Lucinda’s words, “Lee has a passion for flying.” 

Mayor Myers is the rightfully proud father of Matthew, a 2002 Political Science graduate of Chapel Hill and a 2006 graduate of North Carolina Central School of Law. Father and son practice law together in Charlotte.  Daughter Amanda is a graduate of East Carolina University and is currently in her final year of a Surgical Assistant’s Program at Presbyterian Hospital and CPCC. Amanda, herself, is a chip off the old block.  She is an ace mountain biker who – in Lee’s own words – “Loves to kick my rear when we go mountain biking.”

What does a versatile and energetic attorney, Mayor, “flying ace,” outdoors man and all- around good guy like Lee Myers do to relax around the house?  He enjoys cooking on the grill, relaxing on the screened–in porch (relaxing means computer on, files and newspapers spread out, and cell phone on belt). 

Is there anything the Mayor of Matthews cannot do?  Some people dream of things; some men do things.  Lee Myers does both. 

Marilynn Bowler is Vice President of Public Affairs for the Charlotte Checkers Hockey Team.
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