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Joyce Craig Announces Campaign for Mayor of Manchester

MANCHESTER – Citing a need for new leadership in City Hall to address the many challenges facing Manchester, Joyce Craig today announced her campaign for Mayor of Manchester. 

“I’m running for Mayor because I love Manchester, and I know that we can and must do better to make our city a place where people want to live, work and raise their children,” said Joyce. “For eight years, under Mayor Gatsas, we’ve seen our city stumble from crisis to crisis.  We need a new Mayor with vision and energy. As an Alderman, I led bipartisan efforts to lower the tax rate while putting more police officers on the streets, improving our roads and investing in our schools. As Mayor, I will make smarter decisions with your hard earned money and work to bring pride and optimism back to the City of Manchester. Our city has great potential, but to get there we need new leadership, and that change must begin in the Mayor’s office.”

Born and raised in Manchester, Joyce is a former school board member and alderman, property owner and parent of children attending Manchester public schools who has seen first-hand the challenges our citizens face every day.  Joyce knows that Manchester cannot reach its full potential without the leadership in City Hall to address the many issues facing the city – including drugs and crime, the quality of our schools, our roads and infrastructure, and the need for a long term plan to promote economic development and job creation. 

Joyce and her husband, Attorney Michael Craig, have three children, William, Sarah and Kathryn. Joyce is a graduate of Manchester public schools and earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Joyce worked as a marketing director in Boston for 15 years where she developed strategic plans and managed multimillion dollar budgets. She is now a self-employed property manager. Joyce is also an avid runner, who has completed 13 marathons and is currently training for her 10th consecutive Boston Marathon. 

Joyce Craig: Gatsas Cares More About Debate Rules than Manchester’s Future

MANCHESTER – This afternoon, Alderman Joyce Craig issued the following statement on yesterday’s mayoral debate.

“Yesterday, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosted a Mayoral debate where Ted Gatsas and I had the opportunity to address business and community leaders about the many issues facing Manchester – from the out of control heroin problem to our failing schools,” said Craig.

“Instead of talking about his record as Mayor or the issues important to our community, Mayor Gatsas accused me of violating debate rules by writing on a pad of paper provided by the Chamber to each candidate for use during the debate. After six years as Mayor, it is clear that Ted Gatsas has no interest in talking about his failed record or his lack of vision for Manchester’s future.

“During his tenure as Mayor, class sizes remain high, we lost over $9 million in tuition revenue after he lost the sending towns of Auburn, Hooksett, and Candia, and young families continue to leave Manchester for safer communities with better schools.

“As Mayor, Ted Gatsas has stood by while heroin abuse and drug-fueled crimes, like prostitution and burglary, have continued to plague our city. Last month, Manchester experienced the highest number of heroin overdoses to date. Despite this alarming trend, Mayor Gatsas failed to convince members of his own party to fund a drug court in Manchester and he refuses to join his Chief of Police and Public Health Director in supporting Medicaid Expansion to provide more options for treatment and recovery.

“For too long, Mayor Ted Gatsas’s misplaced priorities and failed leadership have held our city back. I am running for Mayor because as a former School Board Member, Alderman, marketing executive and mother, I have a record of bringing people together to solve problems, and that is exactly the kind of leadership that Manchester needs.”

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

Joyce Craig Announces Public Safety Endorsements

Joyce Craig MayorMANCHESTER – This afternoon, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors, IAFF Local 3820, and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 856, have endorsed her campaign for mayor of Manchester.

“Alderman Craig will confront the challenges that face our community with compassion and purpose,” said Jim Michael, President MAFS Local 3820.

 “After 6 years of failed leadership from Mayor Gatsas, we look forward to working with Alderman Craig as mayor and know she shares our passion of making our community the safest city possible,” added Jeff Duval, President, MPFFA Local 856.

“I am honored to have the support of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association,” said Craig.  “I commend our public safety officials for all they do and we must support them in their efforts to keep our city safe.  Emergency calls and crime have increased during the Mayor’s tenure, yet in the past he has taken actions that would have cut our critical public safety forces.  This must stop, and as mayor I look forward to working collaboratively with our public safety officials to ensure we are confronting our challenges and making Manchester a safe and welcoming city for all our families and residents.”

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

Manchester Education Association Recommends Joyce Craig For Mayor, Craig Announces Dates Of Public Forum

Manchester Education Association Recommends Joyce Craig for Mayor

MANCHESTER – This afternoon, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that the MEA has officially recommended her for mayor of Manchester.

“The Manchester Education Association officially recommends Joyce Craig for Mayor of Manchester,” said Sue Hannan, President, MEA. “Joyce’s long term record of understanding and supporting public education in Manchester is a clear message for all parents, educators and citizens that she is our best hope to move our schools forward.”

“I am truly honored to have the support of the Manchester Education Association and their 1000+ members,” said Craig.  “As a proud graduate of Memorial High School and the mother of three children in Manchester public schools, I understand the critical role public education plays in our city.  Good schools lead to greater economic development and safer streets, but under the Mayor’s tenure our schools have worsened and we have bigger class sizes, fewer teachers, and  fewer course offerings.  Our city has much room to improve, but we need a leader who will proactively work with others to find solutions to some of our pressing problems.  As mayor, I will work with parents, teachers, and administrators to strengthen our schools and make sure our kids have the opportunities to graduate and succeed.”

Joyce Craig is currently the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

The campaigns for incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and mayoral candidate Joyce Craig have announced the following dates and locations for the Manchester Mayoral Town Hall series. 

Each town hall will begin at 6:30pm and is scheduled for 45 minutes.  The format will be that each candidate begins with a brief introduction, takes questions from audience members and concludes with a closing statement. 

The following confirmed dates and locations are: 

Thursday, October 1, 2015: 

McDonough Elementary School, 550 Lowell Street

Ward 4 Polling Location


Wednesday, October 7, 2015: 

Hillside Middle School, 112 Reservoir Ave.

Ward 2 Polling Location


Friday, October 16, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Friday, October 23, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

 Our Lady of the Cedars Church, 140 W. Mitchell Street


The Manchester municipal election is on Tuesday, November 3rd and polls are open from 6am to 7pm.


Joyce Craig wins Primary Nomination And To Face Mayor Gatsas In Mayoral Election 

MANCHESTER – This evening, Alderman Joyce Craig released the following statement on tonight’s municipal primary results.

“Tonight, after six years of failed leadership, growing crime and drug addition, and failing schools, the majority of voters in Manchester said they are ready for a change in the Mayor’s Office,” said Craig. “While Mayor Gatsas may have outspent our campaign, we clearly outworked him – beating him outright in his home ward – and we will continue to outwork him in the general election campaign. Since beginning our campaign, we’ve made over 20,000 calls and knocked on over 13,000 doors talking to voters about our vision for a better Manchester.

“I want to thank all of my supporters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – who joined me in saying tonight to Ted Gatsas that we want change in Manchester, and with your help, and your energy, we will beat Gatsas and begin to build a brighter economic future for our city.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Joyce Craig’s Manchester mayoral nomination:

“The overwhelming majority of Manchester voters sent a message loud and clear tonight: after ten years of worsening schools and increasing crime under Frank Guinta and Teddy Gatsas’ failed leadership, it’s long past time to bring change to Manchester’s corner office.”

“As an alderman, school board member, and mom, Joyce Craig has proven that she’s exactly the leader we need to defeat Gatsas and build a safer and brighter economic future for Manchester.”

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Endorses Craig in Mayoral Race 

The State Employees’ Association, SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced the vote to endorse Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig in the race for mayor of Manchester.

After careful consideration, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Political Education Committee selected Craig as the candidate who will represent the constituents and its members best.

Craig, a Manchester native, is in her sixth year as alderman for Ward 1 and was a school board member for a single term. During her public service career, which began in 2007, she has authored four fiscally responsible city budgets that were adopted by the majority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and invested in Manchester’s public safety, roads, and schools.

Craig is a bi-partisan leader with a proven track record of finding solutions to City Hall issues.

“We are thrilled to endorse Joyce Craig for mayor of Manchester,” said John Hattan, chair of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Political Education Committee. “With her proven leadership skills, we are confident Joyce will lead Manchester in the right direction from day one. She understands the needs of working families and we know she will fight to protect our rights. Manchester needs a mayor with the vision to move the city forward and we know Joyce will be that leader.”

“It is time for a change in leadership,” said Jonathan Hallet, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member and Manchester resident.

Hallet cites Craig’s commitment to the city’s schools; commitment to countering the current heroin epidemic; desire to beef up the city’s police force; and ability to recruit innovative companies to the city as some of the reasons he has decided to support Craig.

The primary for the mayor’s race is on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The General Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

“Alderman Joyce Craig will move our city forward in so many great ways,” said Hallet. “I urge my fellow Manchester neighbors and friends to get out and vote in the September 15 primary for Alderman Joyce Craig for Mayor.”

Manchester Education Association Announces Manchester Mayoral Forum On Education

All five candidates for mayor scheduled to appear in forum moderated by Scott Spradling.

The Manchester Education Association, in collaboration with Granite State Organizing Project’s Young Organizers United, Every Child Matters in New Hampshire, and the YWCA, announced today the Mayoral Forum on Education to be held Wednesday, September 9, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Manchester Memorial High School Auditorium.

All five candidates for mayor have agreed to appear in this forum moderated by Scott Spradling, Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.

Candidates will be asked about their vision for the children of Manchester, their schools, and what plans they each have for educational excellence in the Queen City.

“This forum is a unique opportunity for the citizens of Manchester to hear from all of the candidates who seek to lead our city on how they plan to build a brighter future for our children,” said Sue Ellen Hannan, Manchester Education Association President.

Candidates scheduled to appear in the Forum include Patrick Arnold, Joyce Craig, Ted Gatsas, Glenn Ouellette, and Jawed Alibaba Shaihk.  Doors open at 5:00 pm.

State Senator Donna Soucy Endorses Joyce Craig for Mayor

Craig also Announces State Representative Endorsements

MANCHESTER – This morning, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that Manchester State Senator Donna Soucy has endorsed her campaign for mayor of Manchester.

“Joyce Craig is the leader we need to get our city back on track,” said Senator Soucy.  “Having served on the School Board with Joyce, I know that she has long been a leader in Manchester and a strong advocate for better schools. As an Alderman, she has been instrumental in making our streets safer by leading the charge to hire more police officers and improving our city’s infrastructure.  I am proud to endorse Joyce Craig for mayor because I know she will be the problem-solver and strong leader that we need to move Manchester forward.”

Craig is also proud to announce the endorsements of Manchester Representatives Robert Walsh, Mary Freitas, Mary Heath, Joseph Lachance, Timothy Smith, Patricia Cornell, Robert Backus, and Jane Beaulieu.  She was also previously endorsed by Manchester State Senator Lou D’Allesandro and Alderman and State Representative Pat Long. 

“I am honored to have the support of Senator Soucy and Representatives Walsh, Freitas, Heath, Lachance, Smith, Cornell, Backus, and Beaulieu,” said Craig.  “We are the largest city in New Hampshire and our leader must have a more effective voice in Concord.  The Mayor’s failures on education, curbing the heroin epidemic and infrastructure have taken a heavy toll on our city. Time and again, Mayor Gatsas’s inability to work with others has harmed Manchester’s interests. During his six long years as Mayor, Manchester has missed out on numerous opportunities due to Mayor Gatsas’s inability to work with others. As mayor, I will keep an open and ongoing dialogue with state officials to make sure our city is getting the resources we need.  I will also work with local, county, state, and federal officials to improve our schools, combat the heroin epidemic, fix our crumbling roads, and meet the priorities of Manchester.”

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester. 

IBEW 490 And 2320 Endorse Joyce Craig For Mayor Of Manchester

Joyce Craig MayorThis morning, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that IBEW Local 490 and IBEW Local 2320 have endorsed her campaign for mayor of Manchester.  Together, they have over 350 members in Manchester.

“Alderman Joyce Craig has long been a strong advocate for the priorities of working families in Manchester,” said Denis Beaudoin, Business Manager of IBEW Local 490.  “She is a proven consensus builder who understands the true potential of Manchester and the importance of prioritizing education, combating the drug epidemic on multiple fronts, and fixing our roads and infrastructure, and has consistently displayed this during her years of public service.  She has proven her leadership skills as a marketing executive, School Board member, and Alderman.  It is time Manchester had a leader who understands the needs of working families, and that is why we are supporting Alderman Craig’s campaign for mayor of Manchester.”

“We are thrilled to endorse Joyce Craig’s campaign for mayor of Manchester,” said Steven Soule, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320,    “This is a critical election and it is important we have a candidate who cares about working people in our city.  Joyce has a vision to grow our city and plans to improve our schools, curb the heroin epidemic, and improve Manchester’s local infrastructure.  Her ability to work with others and find compromise is precisely what is needed in the mayor’s office.  We know Joyce will continue to stand up for working families and that is why we are supporting her campaign to be the next mayor of Manchester.”

“It is an honor to have the support of IBEW Local 490 and IBEW Local 2320, whose members have spent decades working in Manchester,” said Craig. “As mayor, I will continue to stand up for and protect Manchester workers and residents.  Over the past six years, we have seen the Mayor bully his way through School Board meetings, refuse to engage with other stakeholders to combat the drug epidemic, and ignore our failing infrastructure.  It is time Manchester reached its potential and I will be the leader to unite our city to combat the drug epidemic, improve our schools, and protect Manchester workers and families.”  

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

Avard and Groh endorse Arnold for Mayor of Manchester



patrick-arnold-3Manchester, New Hampshire – Today, the Patrick Arnold for Mayor campaign picked up two additional endorsements from the Manchester School Board – Dr. John Avard, a Republican from ward 10, and Theo Groh, a Democrat, from ward 3.

“Our city has suffered long enough under failed leadership,” says Avard. “We’re in a downward spiral and we can either continue into the abyss, or stop it and turn things around. That’s why I’m supporting Patrick Arnold to be our new leader in the corner office at City Hall,” Avard continued.

“I’m proud of the support our campaign has earned across party lines. The challenges we face as a city are not Democratic or Republican problems, and there’s more that unites us than divides us in Manchester,” says Arnold. “It’s one thing to work together, yet another thing to get the results our city needs. As mayor, I look forward to doing both,” Arnold continued.

The endorsements come less than twelve hours after Avard led the Manchester School Board in a vote of no confidence in Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Avard and Groh join several of their colleagues in supporting Arnold’s call for authentic change at City Hall. At-large School Board member Kathy Staub, and School Board members Amy Bradley of ward 4, Katie Desrochers of ward 11, and Connie Van Houten of ward 12 have all previously endorsed Arnold’s 2015 mayoral bid.


Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. 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. Less than 500 voters separated Manchester from new executive leadership in 2013. 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.

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