The hard part: Craig turns to governing
November 16. 2017 3:04AM
Manchester Mayor-elect Joyce Craig writes in today to thank her supporters for her election last week, and to ask the city to come together.
After a remarkably pessimistic campaign about the state of the Queen City, Craig now says “Manchester’s best days are ahead of us.”
We hope so.
We’re pleased to see Craig move beyond the divisive rhetoric of the campaign, when she attacked both Mayor Ted Gatsas and the members of Manchester’s business community who supported his reelection.
Joyce was wrong to infer shady dealings just because developers looking to build in Manchester preferred Gatsas. One candidate was encouraging businesses to locate in the city, while the other was stoking local opposition to new projects. Of course, they largely sided with Gatsas.
Craig’s strategy worked, and she’ll be sworn in as mayor next year. But now she has to attract businesses and families to Manchester. She has to appeal to the developers she spent months attacking.
Craig would not be the first elected official to set aside sharp words once in office. We welcome Craig’s more constructive tone as she prepares to take her oath of office.
Manchester’s next mayor needs to work constructively with the business community. Candidates can see it as a target. Mayors need to embrace it as a partner in helping Manchester grow and prosper.