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St. Joyce of Craig: Riding in when it suits her

October 07. 2017 9:59PM

A rural area of Lucas Road in Manchester could be the future home of an apartment complex. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader File)

Some South Mammoth Road residents of Manchester may be forgiven for wondering where mayoral candidate Joyce Craig has been for the last several months while they have been fighting a zoning change.

There have been no fewer than three public hearings and several public petitions on the effort to change single-family zoning to multi-residential. The move will allow for townhouses in what has been a rural area of the city.

Developer William Socha has modified his plans, reducing the overall number of units. That mollified some neighbors, including direct abutters. That, and the tax revenue that the development will bring in, was enough to move a clear majority of the aldermen to give it a final OK last week.

On the day of the vote, however, up popped Craig. She issued a release saying she was opposed to the project. She asked aldermen to reject it, and she decried what she claimed was "pay to play politics" because the developer is a contributor to her opponent.

Note that Craig did not bother to speak at the hearing before the aldermen voted last week. Note that Mayor Ted Gatsas was not involved in the vote. Even some aldermen who are supportive of Craig drew the line at this stunt.

A political acquaintance told us he was astonished at the political opportunism being shown by Craig. We, too, wonder who is advising Craig, who has struck us in the past as more honorable in her pursuit of office.

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