Mayor wanted: Manchester needs one

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Manchester needs a mayor. There is a primary election next Tuesday that offers voters a chance to remedy that situation this November.

Some people outside the city — and even some city dwellers — labor under one of two false assumptions. The first is that Manchester has done away with the mayor’s office and runs on autopilot.

The second is that a woman named Joyce Craig is the mayor and that leadership is unneeded and vastly overrated.

The lack of a mayor shows in the increase of violent crime and in the increase in homeless, or as Craig now calls them, the “unhoused.”

It shows in last year’s shutdown of public schools while Catholic schools stayed open and thrived.

It shows, literally, in the graffiti spreading across the city like mold. And it shows in the failure of City Hall to live within the tax and spending limits that had to be forced upon it by the voters.

Manchester desperately needs a mayor. The good news is that there are two genuine candidates for the job on Tuesday’s ballot. We favor Rich Girard because of his previous years of experience at City Hall and on the school board. It might disturb the sleep of some aldermen and department heads to see Girard wielding the gavel, but taxpayers would rest assured that they finally had a mayor again.

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Rich Girard

Richard H. Girard is a well known and highly respected conservative public figure and opinion maker in southern New Hampshire. A native of Manchester, NH, Rich has devoted nearly three decades to serving and educating the community about the critical issues in local politics and government. Rich’s diverse background includes running for and holding public office, providing leadership and management for other candidates’ political campaigns, extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors, being sought as a political commentator by media outlets across the region, and having started and run three businesses, including this one.

5 thoughts on “Mayor wanted: Manchester needs one”

  1. Rich will enrich Manchester in innumerable ways.
    The city needs strong common sense responsible, and most of all, local homeboy management and as the executor of the city he’ll make a great Mayor.

    Its time to turn the tide of failures plaguing the city, fix, and clean, the windows of Manchester starting day one at the ground floor and working all the way up to top of city’s flag pole. Rich will honor and respect this “Queen” city as its citizens demand.

    God speed Rich Girard and I know you are well equipped to roll up your sleeves day one and start getting it done.

    1. I agree with you 100%! Manchester is my beloved home town. But, what has happened is horrific! In addition to Manchester’s homeless problems. We also need a mayor that supports Manchester’s law enforcement.

      God speed Rich Girard.

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