MANCHESTER - EMILY’s List, a progressive organization that traditionally backs pro-choice Democratic women for political office, announced Tuesday it is endorsing incumbent Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig in her bid for reelection.

In 2017 Craig — born and raised in Manchester — became the first woman elected mayor of the Queen City. She began her public service in 2007 when she ran for and won a seat on the Board of School Committee. In 2009, Craig won a seat as Ward 1 alderman. Joyce and her husband, Michael Craig, an attorney, have three children, William, Sarah and Kathryn.

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released a statement calling Craig an “incredible advocate for Manchester’s working families” during her first term as mayor.

“She has worked to improve public education, expand economic development and job opportunities, and has made Manchester safer,” said Schriock. “It’s clear that she will continue to be a strong champion for women and families as Manchester’s mayor. EMILY’s List is proud to support Mayor Craig in her bid for re-election this November.”

“I’m honored to have the support of EMILY’s List for my campaign this year,” said Craig in a statement. “In my first term as mayor, we’ve been able to make progress by fostering a culture of collaboration in City Hall – bringing residents, businesses, and nonprofits together to address our challenges. Together, we’ve been able to secure additional resources for our schools, bring new economic development and jobs to our city, and make headway on important social issues affecting our community. If re-elected, I hope to continue to build on the progress we’ve made and work to make Manchester the best it can be for all of our residents.”

Craig is currently facing one challenger in her reelection bid, Republican former state representative Victoria Sullivan.