Board of Commissioners Appoints Matt Hughes

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Board of Commissioners Appoints Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes will take the oath of office April 9 and serve through December 2019.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners has appointed Matt Hughes to serve as a town commissioner.

At the board’s regular meeting last night, Commissioner Mark Bell nominated Hughes. No other nominations were made, and the vote in favor of Hughes was unanimous.

“I am humbled to be appointed and excited to represent and serve my hometown in this position as Hillsborough faces great opportunities as well as challenges,” Hughes said. “I hope to provide the residents of Hillsborough with positive, productive, and proactive leadership on issues ranging from affordable housing to development and infrastructure in the coming months and years.”

The decision follows a selection process that included posting the candidates’ applications online, interviewing five candidates in February, and seeking public comments.

“I know board members thoroughly considered the applications, the interviews, and the many statements submitted by citizens in arriving at their selection,” Mayor Tom Stevens said. “We were impressed by each of the candidates. Each one had qualities that would be very helpful on the board, and all demonstrated a commitment to serve our community.”

Commissioner Brian Lowen, whose resignation is effective March 26, said he saw some things in Hughes that stood out and he likes that his replacement is young and energetic.

Hughes, 27, grew up in Hillsborough and has lived in several neighborhoods in town and in Hillsborough’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. He currently lives in the Waterstone development. He has served on an advisory committee for Orange County Schools, on the Orange County Human Relations Commission, on the Orange County Bond Education Committee and as the Orange County Democratic Party chairman. He currently serves on the Orange County Board of Adjustment, Hillsborough Tourism Board and the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.

Hughes will take the oath of office April 9 and serve through December 2019.