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Manchester voters overwhelmingly say the current city flag should stay

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 07. 2017 8:35PM
The current Manchester flag (top left), with the city seal on a white backdrop, was the overwhelming preference for city voters on Tuesday. 



MANCHESTER -- Ballots in Tuesday's municipal election featured a question asking, "Which flag would you like to see as the official flag of the city of Manchester?"

The ballot question was accompanied by three designs submitted by residents, along with the current flag featuring the city seal, to choose from.

Voters opted to stick with the current flag, which received 17,394 votes. Option 2 received 934, Option 3 1,273, and Option 4 received 1,434 votes.

Tuesday's vote was a non-binding referendum that must be ratified by city aldermen.

At Ward 1, Washington D.C. resident Brian Gallagher was campaigning for Option 2, which he designed. It used three white vertical lines with rounded edges to highlight the Amoskeag Falls.

Gallagher, who works in web design, said he grew up in Manchester and did what he could to promote the flag, including stickers, magnets and an online campaign.

"I'm doing everything to promote it," he said. "I made something to resonate in the city."

He said the colors – green, blue and white – are on the state license plate. The lines tilt at a 12-degree angle to represent the 12 voting wards in the city.

Manchester resident Patty Hicks in Ward 2 said the "toughest decision" she faced on the ballot was the flag question.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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