Former Concord mayor Martin Gross endorses Cilley

(Barrington) Former three-term Concord mayor and long-time civic leader Martin Gross today announced his support of Jackie Cilley's campaign for governor, citing her deep understanding  of New Hampshire’s  people and her commitment to consulting with all groups to confront and resolve the State’s problems. 


"I've been involved in New Hampshire public and community service for a long time. Sometimes we’ve been fortunate to have wise and able leadership, and other times not so fortunate. Jackie Cilley’s candidacy gives us the opportunity to choose a person with wisdom and experience about the ways of New Hampshire, and the ability to find consensus to help us deal with the issues we surely face in the years ahead.   She has the courage to look reality in the eye, and the independence to find new solutions.  She knows what it’s like to work hard, and what it will take to build a thriving economy with good jobs.  Most importantly, she understands us, and what really concerns us," said Gross.


"We have built a community-based campaign and I'm honored by the support of such a respected community leader. Marty's commitment and contributions to collaboration among public, private, and non-profit sectors to improve New Hampshire are legendary. I'm looking forward to being able to call on him for advice, insight, and institutional memory as we move New Hampshire forward," said Cilley.


Whenever a capital region community organization or cause has looked for  help with advice, fundraising, or solving problems, Martin Gross is among the first calls they make. A partial list of his long-time  community commitments includes previous service as chair of the Capital Region Health Care Corporation/Concord Hospital, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, Steering Committee for Capitol Center for the Arts, Advisory Committee for the State of New Hampshire’s Health Care Fund, and the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. His current activities include chairing the Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire State Board, the Advisory Committee on Community Health Centers, and as an emeritus  member of the board of for the  Capitol Center for the Arts.


In addition to his service as Concord's mayor, city councilor and planning board member Mr. Gross has served as a delegate to two New Hampshire constitutional conventions and as an advisor to three New Hampshire governors, offering him a unique perspective on the ways in which municipal and state government can work together to drive economic development. He currently is  Senior Counsel to the Concord law firm of Sulloway & Hollis.