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Dennis Soucy runs for city council as ‘the average guy’

  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dennis Soucy

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dennis Soucy

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dennis Soucy

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dennis Soucy<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Dennis Soucy is running for city council in Ward 8 because his fellow residents asked him to consider it.

“They cornered me one night at church, I mean literally they cornered me, a bunch of people,” he told the Monitor. “And they said, ‘You’ve got to do it, come on.’ ”

Soucy, 62, said he filed to run when his friend and current Ward 8 Councilor Dick Patten was not planning to seek re-election. Patten did later file to run by petition, but Soucy said he encouraged him to stay in the race. A third candidate, Gail Matson, is also running in Ward 8 this fall.

Soucy said the biggest issues facing his ward were the Northern Pass project and potential changes to Loudon Road.

“Well, a lot of people in McKenna’s Purchase are worried about the Northern Pass,” he said. “I know that. Everyone one of them I talk to, they don’t want it. Hopefully they can bury it going through Concord or wherever.”

Soucy does support a plan to reduce Loudon Road from four lanes to three lanes with a center turning lane. That plan, which the city would complete with federal grant money, is “perfect,” he said.

“I think it would solve a lot of the accidents on Loudon Road,” Soucy said.

Soucy, who is partially retired and works part time at Banks Chevrolet, often spends time walking in the area of Regional Drive with his wife, Carol. He said he was concerned about the amount of litter and drug paraphernalia they find along the side of the road, and related the problem to the issue of homelessness. He said greater police coverage could help in that area, which he also thinks is unsafe due to speeding traffic.

On the issue of the state building a new women’s prison in Concord, Soucy said he accepts that it is the best option for the state government.

“Everyone says, ‘Well, not in my backyard,’ but what are you going to do?” he said. “You pay the price of being the capital is what you do.”

Soucy said he supported the upcoming redesign of Main Street, “as long as they don’t disrupt everything and everybody all at once” during construction.

Asked about the city council’s vote to accept a federal grant for an armored BearCat vehicle, Soucy said he would have voted in favor of the grant.

“And with the stipulation that not anybody will be in that BearCat,” he said. “I mean, even though the Concord PD, I have the highest regard for all of them, they’re doing great. But you know, I’d rather have somebody involved with military training, SWAT training or anything like that. I’d rather have them in there doing it than our Concord Police Department.”

Soucy, who has lived in Concord for more than 30 years, said he wanted voters to know that he likes to talk and joke with friends.

“I’m the average guy,” Soucy said. “If you want to go out and have a beer, we’ll go out and have a beer. I’m that kind of guy. If you want to go motorcycle riding, I’ll be there.”

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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