Dee Russell

for Mathews

Board of Supervisor

Civility      Facts       Solutions

Its time to work together for Mathews!

Welcome to my campaign website!

I hope you will find this site a useful source of information

not only about me and why I am running,

but about issues the county is currently facing. 


Please feel free to contact me via email or phone

should you have any questions:


We also have 2 dogs which are litter mates- Barley and Bailey.

Let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me and my family and why we chose to move, live and make our home here in Mathews.


My husband I moved to Mathews10 years ago when he retired as the Captain of Major Crimes for the Richmond Police Department. I continued to work in Richmond running the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond (RMHC) and commuted for about 9 months after we moved, because I did not want to leave while I was in the middle of 2 large projects for RMHC (a re-model of the kitchen and  the Red Shoe Rendezvous the largest fund raiser of the year). 

I am currently and have been for several years a traveling notary performing real estate closings in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, Newport News, Yorktown and Williamsburg. 

In addition, I am in the process of opening a brick and mortar store (The Nest) here in Mathews which will have home décor and women's clothing with the ultimate goal to take on some clothing consignment. 

My mother-in-law (Ellen) who has recently moved to Mathews will be running the store.

My husband still works in law enforcement as a Deputy Chief for the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a consultant for the Bureau of Justice.

We have been together 30+ years and have one adult son, who was a social worker for autistic children in the Richmond school system until his recent move to Chesapeake Virginia where he is pursuing other opportunities to help children and their families for a not for profit organization.

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Barley & Bailey

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My husband and I knew we wanted to move somewhere quiet and very different from the hustle and bustle of Richmond, so we began our search.  We looked at houses all over the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck and then the realtor brought us to a house in Mathews. It checked all of our boxes!


It wasn't just the house that checked our boxes, but the village area, local stores close by, the library, the restaurants, and the people we met as we walked around town the same day we looked at the house.


At lunch that day I told my husband about the weekends I had spent as a child on Gwynns Island and the adventures running around the Island and dips in the Islander pool.

It was all a perfect fit and we were sold....... Mathews was our new home!

My husband and I in Washington State on vacation.

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Come Here/From Here

Yes, I am a "come here", but I want you to know that does not mean I care any less about our community than if I were from here and I do not want to turn Mathews into a mini Richmond or  become an extension of Gloucester.

I look at our move to Mathews like gardening (which I love when I have the time). When we left Richmond it was like transplanting a tree. We dug a deep hole and dug up all of our roots, came to Mathews and dug another large hole and placed our roots in it. We are just as planted as a "from here" our roots just don't run as deep. 

Interestingly, after we moved here I became aware I have family roots here I did not even know I had and have "from here" and "come here" family currently living here!