“Manchester is a city on the rise. When the pandemic hit, our progress was interrupted, and we focused our efforts at City Hall on keeping our community safe while still providing essential services — transitioning city services online while eliminating fess, streamlining the permitting process and expanding outdoor dining for restaurants, and offering free public transportation, among other things. Even though we faced unprecedented challenges, our community stepped up. Today, there is optimism and energy across the city, thanks to the resiliency of Queen City residents and businesses. I’m running for Mayor in 2021 to ensure our city fully recovers from this pandemic, builds upon our progress and comes out of this stronger than before.” – Mayor Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig is the 48th Mayor of Manchester.
Born and raised in Manchester, Mayor Craig strives to continue the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and progress as a statewide leader in economic development. Mayor Craig is committed to tackling the city’s challenges head-on through collaboration with residents, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations.
Elected on November 7, 2017 as the first woman to be elected to Manchester’s highest office, Mayor Craig has addressed some of Manchester’s most pressing challenges and delivered on the promises she made to voters.
Mayor Craig began her public service in 2008, when, as the mother of three children, she was concerned by the many challenges facing Manchester’s schools. She first won a seat on the Board of School Committee and then served as an Alderman for six years.
A graduate of Manchester public schools, Mayor Craig grew up in Ward 8 and attended Green Acres, Southside and Memorial High School, and then went on to earn her degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Mayor Craig worked as a marketing director in Boston for 15 years where she developed strategic plans and managed multimillion dollar budgets. She also worked at a biotech startup, helping take the company public.
Mayor Craig is also an avid runner, who has completed 14 marathons, including 10 consecutive Boston Marathons.
Mayor Craig and her husband, Michael, have three children, William, Sarah, and Kathryn.