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Congrats to Craig: Manchester’s next mayor

November 08. 2017 10:04PM

Congratulations to Manchester Mayor-elect Joyce Craig, and all the winning candidates in Tuesday’s municipal and special elections across New Hampshire.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to Mayor Ted Gatsas, for his eight years leading the Queen City, and to all the candidates who ran for office this fall. Our democracy requires concerned citizens to step forward, though not all of them will win.

Gatsas actually received 500 more votes than two years ago, but Craig was able to bring 2,000 more voters to the polls in the rematch. Such Democratic enthusiasm should worry Republicans heading into the 2018 midterms elections.

Craig takes over a city full of both promise and problems. She’ll be serving with some fresh faces.

Tim Baines defeated aldermanic board chairman Pat Long by just six votes in Ward 3. John Cataldo will take over in Ward 8.

Voters created some turnover on the school board, defeating three incumbents.

It will be up to these boards to hold Craig to her promise to “respect the tax cap.” Every mayor must present a budget that stays under the cap, but it is the aldermen and school board members who will determine if Craig’s final budget lives within the means of Manchester taxpayers.

Both boards need to stop the petty bickering that often takes over meetings, and begin to hold their members accountable to the city charter.


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