Gadsden Attorney Matt Skelton announced his candidacy Friday, October 6, for Etowah County District Judge.
Skelton has been an Etowah County resident his entire life, graduating from Westbrook Christian School before attending Auburn University
“I want to ensure that our children grow up in a society where the rule of law is revered and protected, where our laws are impartially enforced, regardless of one’s race, creed, wealth or poverty,” Skelton said.
Skelton is a partner in Inzer, Haney, McWhorter, Haney and Skelton, LLC and practices corporate, juvenile, family and probate law in Etowah County. Skelton currently serves as the attorney for the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department as well as Big Oak Ranch, Inc.
He believes his legal experience is what uniquely qualifies him to serve as district judge.
“I will always strive to be a judge Etowah County can be proud of, and more importantly, a judge my God, wife, and children can be proud of.”
Skelton is the former Chairman of the Young Life Committee, President of the Gadsden City Booster Club, President of Gadsden City Youth Football and other youth ministries that helped served the people of Etowah County. He credits this public service with providing the real-world foundation for his conservative values that will be reflected in his public service as Etowah County District Judge.
“I’m an unapologetic conservative because I believe that smaller government is what best serves the people of this county. I believe our courts have a responsibility to correctly apply the law and that legal proceedings in the courtroom should be handled with the utmost care delivering justice. People expect this office to be fair, balanced and unbiased,” Skelton said
Skelton has been married to his wife Jenny for 23 years. They have two boys who are both currently attending Auburn University. They attend Church of the Highlands.