State Board of Education appointee Matthew Brown announced on Tuesday he will run to seek the Republican nomination for a new term on the board.
The 28-year-old Republican was a design engineer with the Baldwin County Highway Department before his appointment by Gov. Robert Bentley to the board in a controversial move that drew the ire of The Washington Post, who decried the appointment of a man the paper described as ‘no friend of public schools.’
Brown’s family home schools their children and is an ardent supporter of tax credits and vouchers to support parochial and charter schools.
Brown will run for the District 1 seat on the board and says he is not for a weaker school system, but rather in favor of stronger families and greater parental involvement in their children’s education.
“Every time I cast my vote regarding a particularly policy or program before the State Board of Education I will always ask this question: Does this policy or program enable and empower parents to be more engaged and involved in their child’s education?” said Brown in his kick-off announcement.
Brown currently occupies the District 1 seat – home to some 735,000 Alabama residents – and promises to continue his aggressive approach to parental empowerment, saying accountability and transparency are paramount for someone seeking his office.
“As your 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,” said Brown in prepared remarks.
Brown helped lead the charge against the “Build Baldwin Now” campaign that sought to raise local property millage rates in order to fund new school construction.
Brown is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College and Samford University’s College of Law. He serves as chair of the Baldwin Young Republicans.