Small business owner Lisa Mathis has been re-appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Board of Transportation, according to a press release from the state.
Mathis, who was first appointed in 2019, will continue to represent Division 8, which encompasses Lee, Chatham, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, and Scotland counties.
Mathis is one of 20 board members, 14 of which are appointed to division seats by the governor. The speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and the president pro-tempore of the North Carolina Senate each appoint three at-large members.
Positions on the board are relatively sought after, as they give communities an opportunity to voice their specific transportation issues and needs at the state level. Mathis in 2019 was the first person from Lee County appointed to the board in at least 40 years.
Lisa is a good person and an advocate for Sanford, however these positions are political hand outs. God forbid they appoint people with road construction and engineering backgrounds. Things like this is why NCDOT is broke and overspent 100’s of millions of dollars last year.
You are right LG. “ To the victor go the spoils”. However, some say school teachers don’t necessarily make good Administrators and Vince Lombardi wasn’t known as being a football player. It’s all about leadership, listening to the experts, being a team player with regard to setting policy, and listening to and being an Advocate for District 8 ( including Lee County). Lisa has these tools, will put the time in necessary and do a great job for us.
Chip I agree with you 100% in theory and love what Lisa stands for. Just hard to accept anyone associated with NCDOT has retained their position as terribly as it has been run.