Manchester needs: An economic opening

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The editorial below by the NH Sunday News was originally published online here.

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has decided to reinstate the post of director of economic development. She says the director will work with city departments and the business community to develop a “strategy.” Funny how these things happen just in time for an election.

The question occurs as to why such a vital position was let go dark in the first place. Under different names and offices, a director of development has long been a component of the city’s success. If its elimination was a question of cost, the assumption may have been that a competent mayor would be able to oversee the work. Oh, wait, that post has also been vacant of late.

As noted in this space last week, voters this Tuesday have a chance to fill that position. Capable conservative Rich Girard, who knows his way around City Hall, is our choice.

~~Our campaign would like to note that it wasn’t until after Rich proposed filling that position and outlining the duties he’d assign that the mayor, who’d left the position open and the office closed for almost her entire time in office, came forward with her current plan to use one-time federal COVID funds to reopen this office.

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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.

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