Manchester election filing

Ward 6 School Board member Dan Bergeron puts down the pen after filing the paperwork for reelection at the City Clerk’s office at City Hall in Manchester on Friday, the last day to file for city offices.

MANCHESTER — The deadline to file papers to run for office in the 2019 Manchester municipal primary election came and went Friday, with contested races looming for alderman and school board seats in all 12 wards and the mayoral race.

Thirty-seven candidates will vie for nine seats on the school charter commission. There are also six people running for two at-large seats on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Board of School Committee, after Rich Girard and Pat Long decided against seeking reelection to the school board.

In all, 173 candidates filed paperwork to run for municipal offices. The city’s non-partisan municipal primary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17. The municipal general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Three candidates are running for the city’s corner office. Incumbent Mayor Joyce Craig will square off in her bid for a second term against former state representative Victoria Sullivan and Ward 3 resident Glenn Ouellette.

For Alderman At-Large, incumbents Dan O’Neil and Joe Kelly Levasseur are opposed by Ward 11 school board member Katie Desrochers, Jon Hopwood, Cathleen Farley, and Will Infantine.

Running for School Committeeman At-Large are Lara Quiroga, Gene Martin, Jason Hodgdon, Carlos Gonzalez, James O’Connell and Joseph Lachance.

In Ward 1, incumbent alderman Kevin Cavanaugh will be opposed by Jeff Nyhan. On the school board side, James Porter goes up against Amber Jodoin, after incumbent Sarah Ambrogi opted not to run.

Two candidates have filed to run for alderman in Ward 2, with incumbent Will Stewart opposed by Tyler Chase. For school board, incumbent Kathleen Kelley Arnold goes up against challenger Sean Parr.

Former Board of Mayor and Aldermen chairman Pat Long is seeking his old Ward 3, after incumbent Tim Baines declined to run. Long is opposed by Daniel Heck. Mary Ngwanda Georges is seeking reelection to the school board against challenger Karen Soule.

Chris Herbert is looking to retain the Ward 4 alderman seat, opposed by former alderman Jim Roy. Leslie Want’s bid to retain the Ward 4 school board seat is opposed by Mark Flanders.

In Ward 5, incumbent Tony Sapienza will be opposed by two challengers, Cameron Barr and Marcus Ponce de Leon, while Jeremy Dobson is challenging incumbent Lisa Freeman for school board.

Two Ward 6 residents are running for alderman — incumbent Elizabeth Ann Moreau and Gerry Gibson. Incumbent school board member Dan Bergeron faces two challengers, Jon DiPietro and William Bergquist.

In Ward 7, longtime Board of Mayor and Aldermen incumbent Bill Shea is looking to swap seats with his school board counterpart, Ross Terrio. Shea’s bid for a school board seat is opposed by Chris Potter, while Terrio’s run for alderman is challenged by Brian Cole and Brenda Noiseux.

Two candidates are running for alderman in Ward 8 — Michael Porter and Michael Farley — after incumbent John Cataldo decided against seeking reelection. Incumbent school board member Jimmy Lehoux will take on Peter Perich on the school side.

In Ward 9, incumbent alderman Barbara Shaw is opposed by Daniel LeClerc, while longtime school board member Art Beaudry is opposed by Candace Moulton.

Bill Barry is looking to retain the Ward 10 seat on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, opposed by Raymond Hebert, while school board side incumbent John Avard is opposed by Jane Beaulieu.

Ward 11 Alderman Normand Gamache will run against two challengers — Russ Ouellette and Andre Rosa. Katie Desrochers is giving up her seat on the school board, with Brittany LeClear-Ping and Nicole Leapley looking to succeed her on the school board.

In Ward 12, incumbent Alderman Keith Hirschmann will go up against Hassan Essa in a repeat of the 2017 municipal election. Incumbent school board member Kelly Thomas is opposed by Andrew Toland.

For a complete and final list of candidates for all municipal offices, including selectman, moderator and clerk for each ward, visit and click on “2019 Municipal Candidate Filings.”

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

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