Things in Manchester’s mayoral race are starting to stir as the November third election nears. Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig announced the endorsement of the city’s firefighter unions yesterday. The addition of the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association and the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors to her list of supporters completes a sweep for Craig, who can now boast the support of every employee union representing city or school district employees that has endorsed a candidate. The firefighters endorsed Patrick Arnold’s campaign in the primary.
BREAKING: As we were going off the air this morning, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced the endorsement of the Teamsters Local 633 union, which has more than 1,000 members in the city and represents the city’s police support staff and Library, Welfare and Aviation department staffs, which means it’s not a clean sweep of for Craig. More on this tomorrow.
Arnold joined Craig for an event yesterday at which he endorsed her candidacy. In a statement released on his Facebook page, Arnold said that while they didn’t agree on every issue, there was more that united them than divided them, like their love of the city and a desire to get drugs off the street and, of course, hopes for children to have better educational opportunities…can’t forget the children. Everybody who endorsed and accepted the endorsements decried the six failed years of leadership provided by incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas.
Meanwhile, Gatsas issued a press release reminding everybody that his Mayoral Town Hall Series begins tonight in Ward Four at the McDonough Elementary School. The event begins at six thirty, so be sure to get there in time for a good seat. Gatsas proposed that he and Craig hold town halls in each of the city’s twelve wards to provide voters across the city with an opportunity to see, question and challenge the mayoral candidates together and in person.
While Craig accepted the mayor’s invitation, she ended up only agreeing to six town halls, including tonight’s. Gatsas has scheduled appearances in the Forsaken Six wards, maintaining that Craig’s failure to show wouldn’t deter him from providing residents in each ward with the opportunity to question him on the issues. Gatsas will fly solo in wards Three, Five, Six, Seven, Eleven and Twelve unless Craig accepts his open invitation to join him before the city’s voters.
Who voted in Manchester’s primary? Well, the numbers are out and they are interesting. Thirty eight point five percent of those who voted in the primary were Democrats, thirty three point seven percent were Republicans and twenty seven point eight percent were undeclared. Mayor Ted Gatsas appeared to have a good day, receiving one thousand forty eight more votes than the four thousand one hundred forty members of his party that showed up to vote.
Things are a bit more unclear on the Democrat’s side. While the three Democrats in the race racked up a combined sixteen hundred ninety seven more votes than the forty seven hundred twenty one Democrats that turned out, that vote was split three ways. We’re still crunching the numbers, and will share what we’ve learned so far during this morning’s show.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The state’s Department of Administrative Services released the preliminary Comprehensive Annual Financial Report detailing the spending numbers from the F Y Fifteen state budget. Following the release, Senate President Chuck Morse, Republican from Salem, issued the following statement.
“The report released today proves what the Senate has maintained all along: the FY 15 budget is balanced, honest and shows that the State is living within its means.
“I share concerns that have been raised related to both the $20 million in unspent funds that were intended to serve the Developmental Disabilities waitlist in the Department of Health and Human Services budget as well as the Governor’s spending patterns. It is my hope that individuals who will benefit from these services are receiving the support they need from the state as soon as possible and that the state is doing its part to make sure the resources are being properly administered.”
The Crime Wave racking little Candia continues at a withering pace. Over the past month, the Candia Police Department issued two hundred thirty two motor vehicle warnings and and a whopping twenty motor vehicle summons. They reported more than a dozen arrests as well and only three of them were of Candia residents. So, it would appear as if the Barbarians are storming the town’s borders! Hope and pray the beleagured town can hang on! Be strong, Candia. Be strong!
The Manchester Police Department is hosting a FREE Police Exam Preparation Seminar for its upcoming entry-level police exam, which will be held on Saturday, November twenty first. The seminar will be held on Monday, October twelfth from six to nine P M in the Walker Auditorium of Robert Frost Hall at Southern New Hampshire University. Registration is not required and everyone is invited to attend. Department representatives will discuss the exam’s requirements and how to prepare for it. They will also explain the exam and hiring processes. Anyone with questions about the exam or the seminar is asked to contact Officer Carl Accorto at (603) 7 9 2 5 4 5 2.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next!