MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Former Alderman Patrick Arnold confirmed today that he will again run for mayor of Manchester in 2015. Arnold, who served as an Alderman from 2009 until 2014, was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2013 against incumbent Republican, Mayor Ted Gatsas.
“I’m running for Mayor because the residents and taxpayers of New Hampshire’s largest city deserve better than the complacency and failed policies of the status quo,” says Arnold. “Crime continues to rise. Our schools continue to struggle. Our city continues to bleed opportunities and resources under the current administration. Manchester can and should be leading in education, job opportunities and economic development. We can and should be the best place to live and raise a family in New Hampshire. Our campaign will continue efforts to bring new ideas and new leadership to City Hall and a new vision to Manchester by building on the grassroots organization that we developed in 2013.”
The Arnold for Mayor campaign also announced its 2015 organizing committee, which will focus on expanding the campaign’s 2013 voter contact program with special emphasis on new voters from 2014. “I’m proud of the support that our campaign has earned among our community’s strongest advocates and activists,” says Arnold.
“Patrick Arnold will be a hard working mayor of all the people,” says Manchester resident and former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno. “I am pleased Patrick is running to lead our city. He will fix the potholes, get a handle on crime, fix our schools, work harmoniously with others, but also provide a needed vision as to where our city is going,” Bruno continued. Bruno is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and served as a U.S. Ambassador in the Clinton administration.
“The closeness of the 2013 mayor’s race left us not deterred, but rather inspired that Manchester’s best days are ahead. Patrick will bring vision, determination, and truly collaborative leadership needed to move our city forward,” says Kathy Staub, at-large member of the Manchester School Board.
Patrick Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.
Arnold for Mayor – 2015 Organizing Committee
George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman
Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member
Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman
Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member
Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative
Jean Jeudy, State Representative
Bill Clayton, former State Representative
Amy Bradley, School Board member
Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member
John O’Keefe, business owner
Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist
Mary Sysyn, former Alderman
Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist
Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner
Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative
Dr. David George, college professor and activist
Jon Hopwood, writer and activist
Dan Bergeron, former School Board member
Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member
Katie Desrochers, School Board member
Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative
Ron Boisvert, State Representative