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Craig's inauguration details completed

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 11. 2017 8:42PM


MANCHESTER — Mayor-elect Joyce Craig has finalized details for her inauguration as the first woman elected mayor of Manchester next month.

Craig will take the oath of office as mayor of the Queen City on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street in Manchester. The inaugural ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the swearing in of other city officials, including aldermen, school board members and ward officials. John Clayton, Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association, will serve as master of ceremonies. The event is free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Following the inauguration, Craig will preside over meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Board of School Committee at City Hall, where committee assignments for elected officials are expected to be revealed. The aldermen are also expected to elect a board chair, while school board members elect a vice chair.

Craig also on Monday formally announced the formation of her Inaugural Committee, which is working to organize and plan the inauguration. The committee will be co-chaired by Elizabeth Hitchcock, Paul LeBlanc, Arthur Gatzoulis, and State Rep. Mary Heath, all of Manchester.

Liz Purdy will serve as a senior advisor to the Inaugural Committee. Purdy has run gubernatorial inaugural activities for both Gov. John Lynch and Sen. Maggie Hassan.

The Inaugural Committee will host an Inaugural Ball on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Radisson in Manchester.

Craig has launched a website,, to inform the public of all inaugural-related activities. The website also offers online ticketing for the inaugural ball.

Craig made history Nov. 7, becoming the first woman elected mayor of the state’s largest city, defeating incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Manchester Local and County Government

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