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Ward 8 Concord City Councilor Matson Seeks Another Term

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CONCORD, NH — Ward 8’s Concord city councilor is asking residents of the east side of the city for a fourth term representing them. Gail Matson, who was first elected in 2013, enjoys the work, helping friends and neighbors navigate city services such as issues with trash pickup and working to expand economic development in order to stabilize property tax rates. Ward 8 runs from the Merrimack River along the city’s border with Bow up to the Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr. state office complex and the southern side of Loudon Road east to Pembroke and Chichester.

The ward inhabits two of the city’s four economic hubs – Manchester Street and Loudon Road, along with a myriad of issues that come with those sectors of the city.

Matson agreed with the sentiment that during council meetings she is kind of like a church mouse; she doesn’t speak a lot like some councilors. But when Matson does, she made her points heard. Read all of Concord NH Patch’s election coverage inside our 2019 Concord Election Guide . “I will not repeat that I agree with everybody else,” she said. “If I agree, that’s enough. (But) if I feel that something that needs to be said has not been said, I will say it. I’m trying to make sure my points are impactful.”

Planning and not repeating mistakes or revisiting issues of the past is something Matson likes to focus on because, before becoming a councilor, it seemed to happen a lot. Things like utility […]

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