Matt Hughes was appointed to the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners at their March 12 meeting. Staff writer Rachel McKinney spoke with him about his skills and previous work, what he hopes for his upcoming term and his experiences as a young politician.
The Daily Tar Heel: What about you and your skills can help Hillsborough and its residents?
Matt Hughes: I think the fact that I am a long-term resident of Hillsborough and have a lot of ties in the community is something that is really beneficial to the town. (It's) something that I hope to leverage in connecting the folks who have called Hillsborough home for a long time or their families, and building that bridge between the folks who are moving into town because there’s a lot of development going on. I think being a millennial, being a younger person, certainly helps. Because a lot of those people who are going to be moving into town are going to be a younger set of people who might be young professionals, who are moving in because they really like the area's schools and are going to be working somewhere nearby or maybe in town. So I hope to be that conduit between newcomers in town and the more established residents.
DTH: How will your previous experience benefit Hillsborough?
MH: I’ve served on a variety of local boards and commissions, and that gives me a lot of perspective as economic development occurs and planning is carried out, and the intergovernmental relationships that are involved. (With) Hillsborough being the county’s seat and with the school system there, anything that the town approves in terms of housing there needs to be in coordination with the local school system so we know the impact that construction may have. Conversely, with the town being the county seat, there are plans that maybe the county has in terms of planning, land use, and economic development. So understanding how all these pieces fit together through my time on various boards and committees, I really have that valuable insight.