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Diane Farsetta 11:51, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
Hurtt established himself as a conservative voice as a columnist for the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal and the MTSU Sidelines. He advanced conservative issues on the campus of MTSU through his involvement in the Student Government Association, where he introduced legislation that would petition the state of Tennessee to allow carry permit holders to carry firearms on campus.
Hurtt also successfully defended the name of a building on campus named for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Since April 2008, Matthew Hurtt has maintained a blog where he comments on local, state, federal and even international issues.
Hurtt identifies himself as a conservative and is very active in Republican politics. His somewhat libertarian streak sometimes puts him at odds with the party structure.
Rutherford County Commission, Bible Theme Park
During the summer of 2006, Hurtt campaigned for the 9th District of the Rutherford County Commission against 16-year incumbent Steve Sandlin. Hurtt, who lived in the district for nearly 15 years, highlighted the importance of accountability and representation on the County Commission.
While ultimately unsuccessful (losing by just under 100 votes), Hurtt highlighted important issues plaguing the County Commission and remained active in county politics.
Not long after the campaign ended, Hurtt and other residents of the Blackman community organized against a proposed Bible theme park. Hurtt and others obtained hundreds of signatures from within the community and across the county of residents who opposed the theme park. After nearly a year of fighting, the group successfully defeated the proposed park.