Matthew Brown has announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the State Board of Education, according to a news release issued today. Brown was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the seat in July and will seek the Republican Party nomination for the first district seat in the March 1st Republican Primary.
“Education is the great stepping stone which enables young people to achieve success in our society.” Brown said in the release. “I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to invest in the future of Alabama’s children.”
According to the release, Brown believes that strong families are the key ingredient to strong schools. When strong families are the norm, strong communities and schools are the natural result. Brown said he believes workforce development should be one of the top priorities of the education community.
Finally, the release states Brown will promote transparency and accountability in the use of public education funds.
“The first district is home to more than 735,000 residents, all of whom deserve a representative on State Board of Education who will ensure that taxpayers are getting the best return on investment for education funding,” Brown said. “As (the) District 1 representative on the State Board of Education, I am committed to combing through our annual education budget and ensuring that our tax dollars are being leveraged to the greatest benefit to our students.”
Brown lives in Fairhope with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Emily and Gracie Rose. He was born in a rural southern Iowa farming town where his father pastored a small Baptist church. His parents, Glen and Dorothy Brown, raised their children with a Christian worldview focused on traditional family values.
When Brown was a young teenager the whole family moved to the Gulf Coast after his father accepted a new pastorate at Clear Springs Baptist Church, located in the unincorporated community of Gateswood/Clear Springs in northern Baldwin County. Brown and his family are members at Clear Springs Baptist Church.
Brown earned an engineering degree in 2007 from Pensacola Christian College and a law degree in 2011 from Samford University in Birmingham. He currently works as the Design Engineer for the Baldwin County Highway Department.
Brown currently serves as the chairman of the Baldwin County Young Republicans and the District 1 vice chairman for the Alabama Federation of Young Republicans.
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