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Homebuilder Matthew Winslow files for Barnes’ state House seat

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LOUISBURG — Matthew Winslow, founder and president of Winslow Homes, has filed for the open state House seat in District 7, which covers all of Franklin County and part of Nash County.

Winslow had filed for state Senate District 18, but he said Rep. Lisa Barnes, R-Nash, asked him to run for the House seat she’s vacating to run for outgoing Sen. Rick Horner’s seat.

“I had been preparing for a Senate race for many months, and after I filed last week, I received a call from Representative Barnes who asked me to reconsider and run for her open seat. I talked with my family, friends, and prayed upon it, and made the decision to seek the House seat. I am much more familiar with this district and have a strong sense of the communities in it,” Winslow said in a news release.

He said he will take his work experience to the legislature and focus on Franklin and Nash residents’ priorities.

“The legislature needs to be made up of people with real-life business experiences, not career politicians,” Winslow said. “I’m looking forward to working to strengthening our education system, improving our roads and advocating for policies to grow our economy.”

With Barnes running for the state Senate, the seat will be vacant. Winslow looks to follow in Barnes’ footsteps and be a problem-solver for the constituents in District 7, he said.

“I’m focused on winning for voters across the district — winning the fight for education for students and families, winning the fight for jobs in the area and winning the battle for safer roads and reduced traffic,” Winslow said.

Winslow is active in his church, local schools and said he now wants to take his commonsense approach to Raleigh to help local voters.

As a first-generation college student, Winslow used student loans, several jobs and grants to pay his way through college. He graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning and development. He used his background as a county planning and inspections director to start a career in homebuilding and development, according to information provided by Winslow’s campaign.

As a small business owner, Winslow said he champions present and future entrepreneurs by serving on the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce board and chairing the Committee of 100 and the Economic Development Committee in order to stimulate growth and provide opportunities for businesses to flourish.

Winslow said he’s a conservative who supports the Second Amendment and is pro-life.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Winslow lives on a farm in Franklin County with his wife, two children and two rescue pets.