By To the editor:
Matthew Beck, a good person and good for the MatSu.My name is Harry Moore, I along with my wife Jane are strong supporters of Matthew Beck to be our next Mayor in the Matanuska Susitna Borough. I hope to convey why in this letter.Matthew and Teresa started and built 2 businesses in Palmer with their business partners, North Star Animal Hospital and the North Star Pet Resort. Teresa was raised in the Palmer area and having the opportunity to build her veterinary practice in her hometown was a wonderful opportunity. It has afforded the Beck’s an opportunity to employ others in and around Palmer by hiring additional veterinarians, business managers, and even those who are first time employees. They are helping to build and strengthen our local economy. Matthew served for two terms on the MatSu Borough Assembly and was the Deputy Mayor for 4 years. While serving on the Assembly, he worked tirelessly to ensure the future of farming in the area by helping to form the Agriculture Advisory Board which is designed to give those who carry on the tradition of farming in the MatSu a unified voice in bringing awareness of issues impacting agriculture to the attention of the Borough Assembly and Staff. He helped to build support in the cutting of the boroughs financial losses and selling of the M/V Susitna, which was quickly becoming a financial burden upon the borough. He is a very strong supporter of MatSu public schools, and his children are either currently enrolled in the local schools or have graduated and have begun their college carriers. He was proud to support the partnership of the Borough in collaboration with the Great Land Trust to protect the trails leading up the Butte trail system, so that this wonderful family hike can be enjoyed by generations to come.Matthew and Teresa are committed to their local community, and they have literally put their money where their hearts are. The MatSu has many challenges facing it in the coming years, we must choose wisely in who will lead and represent the diverse residents and communities of the borough. Matthew has the proven commitment, knowledge, and experience to take this task on. Mathew Beck is my friend and if you do not know him yet, please look for the opportunity to meet him – you won’t be disappointed.