“I’m running for Mayor because I love Manchester, and I know that we can and must do better to make our city a place where people want to live, work and raise their children. For eight years, under Mayor Gatsas, we’ve seen our city stumble from crisis to crisis. We need a new Mayor with vision and energy. We need to reposition Manchester for a new era of economic vibrancy. We need a Mayor who recognizes that our school system must attract – not repel – young families to our city. We need a Mayor who is committed to safe and walkable streets and safe neighborhoods. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business and hard work of improving our city.” – Joyce Craig
Born and raised in Manchester, Joyce is a former school board member and alderman, property owner and parent of children attending Manchester public schools who has seen first-hand the challenges our citizens face every day. Joyce knows that Manchester cannot reach its full potential without the leadership in City Hall to address the many issues facing the city – including drugs and crime, the quality of our schools, our roads and infrastructure, and the need for a long-term plan to promote economic development and job creation.
As an alderman, Joyce led bipartisan efforts to lower the tax rate while putting more police officers on the streets, improving our roads and investing in our schools. As Mayor, she will make smarter decisions with your hard earned money and work to bring pride and optimism back to the City of Manchester.
Joyce began her public service in 2007. As the mother of three young children, she was concerned by the many challenges facing Manchester’s schools, and she ran for and won a seat on the Manchester School Board. In her first term, she worked with parents, teachers and school administrators to hire a new superintendent, to advocate for full-day kindergarten and to implement energy efficiency programs.
While serving on the School Board, Joyce realized that a first rate school system is key to the future economic growth and overall success of Manchester. She knows that good public schools are essential in attracting and retaining the young families and successful businesses that will help grow our economy.
In 2009, Joyce won a seat on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. A bipartisan leader focused on results, Joyce authored three city budgets adopted by the majority of the Board of Mayor and Alderman. These budgets invested in our roads and schools while holding the line on property taxes. These budgets also supported essential city services such as citywide bus service and allowed the Westside Library to remain open. In her first term, Joyce led efforts to implement citywide Single Stream Recycling, which in its first year saved the City $200,000 and increased recycling by 900 tons.
In 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan selected Joyce to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education in recognition of her efforts to improve Manchester’s schools.
Joyce and her husband, Attorney Michael Craig, have three children, William, Sarah and Kathryn. William is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, Sarah is a senior at Central High School and Kathryn attends Hillside Junior High. Joyce grew up in Ward 8 and is a graduate of Manchester public schools having attended Green Acres, Southside and Memorial High School. After she earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, Joyce worked as a marketing director in Boston for 15 years where she developed strategic plans and managed multimillion dollar budgets. She is now a self-employed property manager. Joyce is also an avid runner who has completed 13 marathons, and is currently training for her 10th consecutive Boston Marathon.