In a prepared statement, Matthes stated, “I’m clearing the decks so I can do the best job possible as a candidate. My schedule has gotten very busy, and I have to give my campaign my full attention.”
KAPO has been a lightening rod for controversy in the area of local land-use issues, and is known for its strong support of property rights. It challenged Kitsap County in court over the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO), and while losing in Superior Court, a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision has upheld its position while ruling on King County's CAO. While Matthes resigned his KAPO office, he will remain a member.
He is also a member of the City of Port Orchard Planning Commission, and will continue to serve in that capacity until the election is over. If he wins, he will resign, and if not, he'll remain a member of the Commission.