Assistant City Clerk JoAnn Ferruolo reports the Board of Registrars met Wednesday night to set the checklist, which shows 58,540 registered voters in Manchester heading into Tuesday’s municipal primary election.

Tuesday’s election is nonpartisan, but many candidates receive support from and are active in their respective political parties.

Ferruolo passed along updated voter registration breakdowns by party. As of this past Wednesday, 19,435 Queen City voters are registered Democrats, 15,589 are registered Republicans, and 23,516 fall into the undeclared category.

According to Ferruolo, her office mailed out 501 absentee ballots and received 327 back as of last week — a 65% rate of return.

What does it all mean? We’ll know sometime Tuesday night. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Public schools in Manchester will be closed Tuesday due to the election. City Hall will remain open during normal business hours, with the City Clerk’s Office open for election-related business only until 8 p.m.

The Manchester Education Association’s political action committee is endorsing 10 school board candidates. Every board candidate was invited to participate in an interview with a panel of teachers.

After the interviews and researching the voting records of incumbents, the panel is backing:

Mayor: Joyce Craig

Aldermen At-Large: Daniel P. O’Neil, Kate “Katie” Desrochers, Cathleen Farley

School Committee At-Large: Lara Quiroga, Gene Martin, Carlos Gonzalez, James O’Connell

Ward 1 — Alderman: Kevin Cavanaugh; School Committee: James Porter

Ward 2 — Alderman: Will Stewart; School Committee: Sean Parr

Ward 3 — Alderman: Pat Long; School Committee: Karen Soule

Ward 4 — Alderman: Chris Herbert; School Committee: Leslie Want

Ward 5 — Alderman: Anthony (Tony) Sapienza; School Committee: Jeremy Dobson

Ward 6 — Alderman: Gerry R. Gibson; School Committee: Dan Bergeron

Ward 7 — Alderman: Brian Cole, Brenda Noiseux; School Committee: Christopher Potter

Ward 8 — Alderman: Michael Farley; School Committee: Peter R. Perich

Ward 9 — Alderman: Daniel Le Clerc; School Committee: Candace Moulton

Ward 10 — Alderman: Bill Barry; School Committee: Jane E. Beaulieu

Ward 11 — Alderman: Normand R. Gamache; School Committee: Nicole Leapley

Ward 12 — Alderman: Hassan Essa; School Committee: Andrew James Toland

MEA leadership said those candidates have demonstrated strong support for teachers in their voting records or in the community.

Last week, Craig announced her campaign has raised over $435,000 in her bid for reelection.

“I’m grateful for the support we’ve received from Democrats, Independents, and Republicans,” said Craig in a statement. “We’re making meaningful progress in Manchester, and the spirit of collaboration that drives our work is resonating with residents and businesses alike. I look forward to building on our accomplishments and focusing on how we can continue working together to build a stronger Manchester.”

“Manchester residents are excited about the progress being made under Mayor Craig,” Craig campaign manager McKenzie St. Germain said. “They know that by working together, we’re strengthening our schools, combating the opioid epidemic, growing our economy, and improving public safety. The enthusiasm and energy we’re seeing across our city is evident as we continue to build a strong grassroots campaign.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise involving over 75 different agencies that are part of the airport’s emergency plan. In addition, approximately 80 volunteers will take part in the drill, which is based on a mock aircraft incident.

The exercise will begin at 9 a.m. and run for approximately three hours. Airport officials said last week the airport will remain open during the drill, and there should be no impact to normal airport operations. Officials warn that travelers, local businesses and nearby residents should be aware of emergency response vehicles operating around the airport.

“Every three years Manchester-Boston Regional Airport conducts an emergency preparedness drill that involves collaboration between the airport, airlines, aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel and mutual aid partners from around New Hampshire,” Airport Director Ted Kitchens said in a statement. “The exercise is intended to provide valuable training on how to respond to emergencies at the airport by testing communications and incident command. This test is required for the airport to maintain compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and to maintain our airport operating certificate. We want to thank all of our mutual aid partners, local hospitals and the many volunteers for their participation in this important exercise, as their support is vital to test the preparedness of the airport in the event of an actual emergency.”

City aldermen have approved a request from GC Pizza Hut for parking changes associated with plans for a proposed Pizza Hut Drive-Thru at 503 Maple St. at the corner of Maple and Lowell streets, recently approved by the Planning Board.

Committee members approved the removal of two on-street parking spaces along Lowell Street and one on-street parking space along Maple Street to allow access driveways for the proposed Pizza Hut.

Paul Feely is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Reach him at

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