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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Since Peter Matthews, the son and cousin of Massachusetts’ mayors, took the helm of Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, political action has become a priority.

When Matthews was as young as six, he was out knocking on doors with his father who was then running for city council and won. He subsequently was elected as mayor of Newburyport for six years, reinvigorating the downtrodden area. Matthews’ cousin also served as mayor of that town for 10 years. “The thing I learned from my dad and my cousin is you can get things done but you’ve got to stand up. You’ve got to have some vision.”

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