Matthews wins Siler City mayoral contest


SILER CITY — Donald Matthews will be the new mayor of Siler City, unseating Chip Price in unofficial results on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

In a rematch of their contest in 2022, Matthews prevailed, winning 301 votes (52%) over Price's 270 votes (47%).

Matthews in interviews with the Chatham News & Record earlier in the year that leadership mattered in the contest.

"We're really at a time when leadership matters,” Matthews told the News & Record in June. “We need to be able to make all of this work together for the greater good of the community."

Matthews serves as a pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church and chair of the Citizens in Action organization, which was responsible for the installment of a mural on Birch Avenue recognizing Black entrepreneurs throughout Siler City’s history.

He said he supports an agreement to join with the city of Sanford to address water and sewer issues, and said he'll make infrastructure improvements a priority. 

He added in a recent Chatham News & Record Q & A, "I will do this by making myself available to our citizens... I have found that it is true 'People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.' In me people will always have a voice."