On December 02, 2018, the Saporta Report, an online news service, broke the news of the announced candidacy of Matthew Charles Cardinale for the March 19, 2019 Special Election for Atlanta City Council District 3.
Cardinale was the first candidate to announce in the race. “For the last 13 years I have been the citizens’ watchdog down at City Hall,” Cardinale told Saporta Report. “And I have a really high bar for what I’ve been able to accomplish as an average citizen using public speaking, using all the democratic strategies that are available to us. But I feel like I’ve hit a plateau [for] what I can do as an average citizen.”