Matthew Hodges has been in the public eye since he was 18. That’s going on over 15 years now.

At the end of Friday, Hodges will step away. Hodges’ days of politics will be over, at least for the time being.

Hodges resigned as chairman of the Jackson County Commission with Friday being his final day in office. Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Ashburn was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to fill the remainder of Hodges’ term.

Hodges won his first election at the age of 18, a Scottsboro City Council race. He was elected three more times before stepping down to run in the county race.

To date, Hodges has won four political elections. The reality, though, is that streak might have ended next year had he chose to seek a second term.

That’s the world we live in now, at least in Alabama, where what letter is beside your name is more important than the name and person.

Hodges was part of a county commission that took its fair share of criticism. The only problem with that is it wasn’t fair at all.

He will leave his position arguably better than he found it. On Monday, the county commission announced it had a balanced budget.

The days of Matthew Hodges serving the public might take a break for a while. But don’t be surprised to see him, working to help others again, sometime soon.

Jackson County can only be so lucky.

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