Sunday, December 17, 2017
Politics

Gov. Rick Scott's appointee, Matt Foreman, wants to earn full School Board term

BROOKSVILLE — Matt Foreman wants four more years.

Appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in September to fill the Hernando School Board's District 2 seat, the 28-year-old Hernando Beach Republican is now asking voters to let him stay for a full term.

Foreman, an attorney, filed papers Friday to run for the seat vacated by Pat Fagan, the longtime county parks and recreation staffer who resigned in March so he could collect his retirement benefits

"I just think there's a lot of work left to be done, and I want to continue to serve my community," Foreman said.

Foreman is the first candidate to prefile to run for the seat. School Board seats are elected countywide.

Scott picked Foreman from a field of 21 applicants. The choice raised some eyebrows because Foreman applied so late in the process, and at least one applicant questioned whether Foreman's ties to his boss, prominent Brooksville attorney Tom Hogan Jr., played a role.

Foreman dismissed that assertion, saying he only asked Hogan, as his boss, if it was okay to apply.

Foreman has been a vocal, plainspoken board member from the start, especially when it comes to legal matters. His ability to complement the board attorney is an asset, he said.

"That's not to say the other (board members) don't understand what's going on, but the law is tricky," he said.

A native of Hollywood, Fla., Foreman moved with his family to Hernando Beach at the age of 5. He attended Hernando Christian Academy and Powell Middle School before moving on to Springstead High.

He earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from Stetson University and joined the Hogan Law Firm in 2009. He specializes in family and personal injury law and also handles general business litigation. He recently became engaged, and has no children.

Tony Marrero can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431.

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