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Joyce Craig Files as Manchester Mayoral Candidate
Published Friday, July 14, 2017

Joyce Craig (center left) filing as a Democratic candidate for Mayor of Manchester. Photo: Joyce Craig for Manchester

Joyce Craig (D-Manchester) filed to run for Mayor of Manchester against incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas (R-Manchester), her second time running for the position. The city's municipal primary and general elections will be held on September 19 and November 7, respectively.

Craig previously served as a Manchester school board member and alderman, and In 2014, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-Newfields) appointed Craig to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. She first ran against Gatsas when he sought re-election in 2015 and lost by just 64 votes, according to NHPR

"Manchester needs a new Mayor with the vision, experience and energy to address our challenges and provide a positive direction for our city," Craig wrote in June, responding to a re-election announcement from Gatsas. "As Mayor, I will make smarter decisions with taxpayer funds and work to make Manchester an outstanding place to raise a family, own a business and live a safe and prosperous life."

Gatsas, who is serving his fourth term as Manchester's 47th Mayor, was previously Ward 2 Alderman and State Senator representing District 16. He also ran for Governor last year, ultimately losing the Republican nomination to now Gov. Chris Sununu (R-Newfields). In the private sector, Gatsas and his brother co-founded Staffing Network, an employee-leasing company acquired by ADP Payroll.

"Manchester is experiencing unprecedented economic growth...I am proud of all that our city has achieved together, and in the next two years we will build on this foundation for the good of all," Gatsas wrote in his June re-election announcement. "I look forward to going door-to-door, neighborhood to neighborhood talking to people across the city about the progress we are making, my vision for the future and how we can move Manchester forward together." 

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