Matthews announces run for commissioner seat

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Brooks Matthews announced Monday that he plans to challenge Howard Penny in a run for the District 3 seat on the Harnett County Board of Commissioners in next year’s election. Penny currently holds the District 3 seat.

Matthews is a lifelong Harnett County resident and career educator, who has served more than 40 years in education.

“I plan to bring a common sense conservative leadership approach to the job, an approach that will focus on what is best for all the citizens of Harnett County,” Matthews stated. “Having spent a lifetime of service with students, families and community leaders, I believe I am well prepared to work with and represent the citizens of District 3 and all of Harnett County.”

Matthews, who is currently working as deputy superintendent for Harnett County Schools, has also worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal during his career. He served on the board of directors for Harnett County Habitat for Humanity and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, leading the association as president in 2011-12.

A graduate of Campbell University, Mathews and his wife of 44 years, Rosa Maria Matthews, reside in Buies Creek. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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