Fuquay-Varina resident Matthew Joe Scruggs filed as a candidate for the District 2 school board seat shortly before Friday’s noon deadline, giving the race to replace John Tedesco in the Garner-centric district a second horse.
He will face off in the Oct. 8 race against Democrat Monika Johnson-Hostler of Raleigh
Scruggs said he decided to run after Tedesco’s Wednesday announcement that he will not run for re-election. But he said he didn’t know there was only one other candidate until he filed.
Scruggs, a Republican, responded by text to an interview request, saying he was busy at work but would be make himself available for interviews later.
According to his Linked In page, Scruggs is a commercial sales manager for CarQuest Auto Parts and has a wife and two daughters. He says he works full-time and maintains full-time student status at the University of Alabama working on a degree in Business Administration and Management. He also attended Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte from 1998-999 studying the same field, the profile said.
The page also says he serves as president of his neighborhood homeowners association and precinct chair for the Republican Party. In addition, he organizes events and activities for “a local 2nd Amendment organization.” It states he “later intend(s) to run for office in the state of North Carolina.”
“I feel there are a lot of changes that need to be made in the education system,” Scruggs said in a brief text interview given while he said he was watching his toddler and his baby, whom he cited as his reason for running. “I’m interested in assuring the best education for all kids…I’m not interested in all of the fighting everyone talks about (on the school board.)”
He will oppose Johnson-Hostler, a Raleigh Democrat, in the race. Johnson-Hostler works as an advocate for victims of sexual violence.
The 18-school District 2 includes 10 schools in municipal Garner and another right at the border. The term Johnson-Holster and Scruggs will vie for will only be three years, after state legislation passed creating new districts that will go into effect in 2016. Instead of nine geographic districts there will be seven, with two at-large districts: one for the city of Raleigh and one for the outlying areas.
Fuquay-Varina – and Scruggs – will not be in the district Garner will occupy when those changes take place. Garner’s new district will stretch around eastern and northern Wake County in an arching horseshoe-shaped arc spanning mostly rural areas and stretching nearly to the airport.