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Angela Wokatsch Matthews has announced her campaign for a seat on the Iredell County Board of Commissioners.

Angela Matthews

“Iredell County is my home. I was born in Statesville, grew up here, and have operated my businesses here,” she said in her official campaign announcement. “My focus as an Iredell County commissioner will be on governmental transparency, healthy economic growth, conserving our resources and lowering our county tax rate.

“I have over 25 years experience as a CPA and what we need now more than ever is someone with accounting and financial expertise to better manage our $323 million county budget,” she added. “Raising taxes to fix budget holes is not a good solution in a time of record high inflation.”

Three seats on the five-member board will be on the ballot in the November 5 general election. The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.

A Republican, Matthews ran for county commissioner in 2022. She finished sixth out of 10 candidates in the May 2022 Republican primary.

Matthews attended Catawba College in Salisbury, where she earned her B.A. in Accounting. She also passed the N.C. Certified Public Accountant Exam and currently holds a CPA license. She owns a CPA firm in downtown Statesville and provides individual tax preparation services, as well as a variety of business accounting services. 

In her announcement, Matthews said she was running for county commissioner to help offer solutions to the growing pains the county is experiencing

“I am not a politician, I am a small business owner, a taxpayer, and a mother. I care about my community and the future of all our residents,” she said. “It is time for strong leaders to step forward and make the hard decisions. Our current leaders have failed to honor the wishes of the voters who elected them.”

Following a significant increase in property values, Iredell County property owners will be facing what Matthews described as “the largest tax increase” in county history in 2024. County commissioners rolled back the tax rate from 53.75 cents per $100 valuation to 50 cents, but tax revenues are projected to increase by 25 percent.

“I believe that governments should tax only to raise money for their constitutional functions and spend that money wisely,” she said. “I am opposed to big government and tax increases. I will advocate to keep money in the taxpayers’ wallets.”

Matthews said her experience as a CPA would be an invaluable resource to the Board of Commissioners and the county. She studied governmental accounting in college and understands how the budgeting and financial reporting processes work. She currently provides accounting services for a governmental entity. As a lifelong county resident, she said she understands the wants and needs of residents.

She served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont as treasurer for seven. She has also provided accounting help and services to several other local nonprofits, including Yokefellow Ministries, Iredell Christian Ministries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pregnancy Resource Center and the Foundation of Hope Ministries. She also volunteered her time to serve as an auditor for the Miss Statesville Pageant for many years.

Matthews has three children Abby, Chanler and Camden. Her daughter, Abby Trent, is the current representative for District 3 on the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education.

Candidate filing begins Monday, December 4, and runs through Friday, December 15.

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