Matt Scruggs

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Matt Scruggs
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Board of Education Member, District 2
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Next generalOctober 8, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionCarquest Auto Parts
Campaign website
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Matt Scruggs ran for the District 2 seat on the Wake County school board in an election held on October 8, 2013.


Scruggs grew up in North Carolina. He currently works at Carquest Auto Parts while attending Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.[1]



Scruggs was defeated by Monika Johnson-Hostler on October 8, 2013.

Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonika Johnson-Hostler 53.9% 5,015
     Nonpartisan Matt Scruggs 46.1% 4,281
Total Votes 9,296
Source: WNCN These results are unofficial


Scruggs did not receive any endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign finance

Scruggs raised a total of $7,660.80 in campaign contributions.[2]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Matt Scruggs $7,660.80 $4,576.20 $3,084.60

Campaign themes

Scruggs identified the following as his campaign themes:[3]

Neighborhood-based school assignments

  • Deliver quality education closer to home, resulting in more time for family interaction and outside activities
  • Decrease transportation costs, for both the school system AND commuting parents, allowing recaptured funds to be applied toward educational needs
  • Offer choices for students whose needs are not currently being met; whether that is academically-gifted students who may be falling behind or are not being challenged, as well as students who have special needs and require more individualized attention or a different setting

Quality education for all students

  • Competitive class offerings at every school
  • Migration away from the Teaching-to-Test mentality, by incorporating proven best practices found locally and regionally throughout North Carolina
  • Looking to teachers as our Most Valuable Resources, by soliciting and listening to their input, supporting them in ways which are helpful, and not micro-managing their classrooms and schedules through excessive policies, standards, or expectations

Redemption of the Wake County School Board’s reputation

  • Offering ideas for more thoughtful debate, along with a willingness to bridge the divide on education issues
  • Recognizing the symbolic role that the school board plays within our community, and how rapport and behavior heavily influences the spirit which characterizes a community’s impression of its school system
  • Fostering Wake County’s pursuit of being a great place to live and championing that idea, realizing that by investing in the education of our children, they may one day seek to grow their careers and businesses here

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the school board are at stake. Incumbents Tom Benton, Deborah Prickett and Bill Fletcher ran for re-election. The new school board will be the first members to experience changing term lengths, and will address the school bond issue.

About the District

See also: Wake County Public School System, North Carolina
Wake County Public School System is located in Wake County, North Carolina
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, Wake County is home to 952,151 residents.[4]The county seat is located in Raleigh, which is also the state capital.


Wake County outperforms the rest of North Carolina based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Wake County was $65,289 compared to $46,291 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wake County was 10.1% compared to 16.1% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 91.9% of Wake County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 84.1% in North Carolina.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race District (%) State (%)
White 69.6 71.9
Black or African American 21.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.8 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 61.6 64.7

Party Affiliation[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democrat 267,262 54.94%
Republican 211,596 43.50%
Libertarian 6,171 1.27%
Misc. Write-In 1,398 .29%

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