Craig wins Hassan endorsement; Gatsas to campaign with SununuBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 23. 2017 10:11PM
MANCHESTER — With the city’s nonpartisan municipal election just two weeks away, both candidates for mayor enjoyed strong shows of support from members of their respective political parties Monday.
During an appearance at Girls at Work on Elm Street in Manchester, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., endorsed Joyce Craig, a Democrat, while incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas, a Republican, announced he will campaign this weekend in the Queen City with Gov. Chris Sununu.
Former governor Hassan is a longtime supporter of Craig, having appointed the former Ward 1 alderman and school board member to the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Task Force in 2014.
“It is critical that we have strong local leaders across New Hampshire who will fight to build a brighter economic future for our communities and for our entire state,” said Hassan. “I have seen personally that Joyce Craig has what it takes to move Manchester forward, and I am proud to endorse her to be the next mayor of Manchester. Joyce has proven herself to be a leader focused not on partisanship but on results. We need her vision and her lifelong commitment to Manchester in City Hall.”
“I’m so grateful for Sen. Maggie Hassan’s endorsement,” said Craig in a statement. “It’s fitting that today’s event was hosted at Girls at Work because all the work that Sen. Hassan has done to empower and be a role model for women and girls in New Hampshire. I want to ensure that Manchester is a place where children like the ones we met today grow up knowing that their hard work can get them anywhere.”
Also on Monday, Gatsas’ campaign announced he and Gov. Sununu will campaign together in Manchester this Saturday.
“I am honored to be joined by Gov. Chris Sununu this weekend in support of my campaign efforts,” said Gatsas. “I look forward to speaking with voters and talking about the positive things happening here in Manchester.”
Last week Sununu the state will invest $150,000 in Manchester’s Safe Station program, the program that transformed the Queen City’s 10 fire stations into intake centers where addicts can go for help without fear of being arrested.
“These much-needed funds will bolster our efforts and help continue our positive momentum in working to curb substance abuse while continuing to drive our crime rate down,” said Gatsas in a statement.
“Gov. Sununu is incredibly popular not only across the state but also here in the Queen City. He has been a tireless ally and advocate for Manchester and I am honored to have his support in my race for mayor. I look forward to campaigning with the Governor who has always put politics aside and the people first.”