For the second time this year, Maggie Valley can boast a brand new alderman on its five-member town board.
Mike Matthews was picked by an uncharacteristically unanimous vote at the board’s meeting last Tuesday, filling the seat left vacant by former alderman Scott Pauley’s departure in August.
Matthews is a long-time Maggie Valley resident who has lived in the town on and off for 15 years.
At 31, Matthews brings a much younger perspective to the board, and the current members noted that fresh outlook as one of the reasons they chose him over the other two candidates who had put in for the position.
“He’s got a lot of energy,” said Danya Vanhook, who was herself appointed to the board in March. “He has a lot of young fresh ideas.”
Matthews came to Maggie in high school, and after leaving for several years, has returned with his wife and two children to make the valley his home.
He said he went out for the job because of a longing to see the town, so often embroiled in conflict and infighting, return to the more harmonious days he remembers from his childhood.Read the full article