“I’m proud that we’re making a real difference in helping our residents lead better lives, with stronger schools, a healthier and safer community, good jobs and a growing economy, all while protecting our city’s bottom line and respecting the tax cap. Manchester is on the move, and there’s a spirit and energy you can feel across our great city as people are stepping forward and working together–including businesses, non-profits, and residents–to address the challenges we face.” – Mayor Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig is the 48th Mayor of Manchester.
Born and raised in Manchester, Mayor Craig strives to continue the city’s progress as a statewide leader in economic development. Mayor Craig is committed to tackling the city’s challenges head-on through collaboration with local residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
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. In her first term, she has:
- Grown Manchester’s economy through innovative partnerships that bring new jobs and opportunities, including working with the state to develop a comprehensive proposal that resulted in BAE Systems coming to Manchester, along with up to 800 new, high-paying jobs.
- Prioritized improving public education to attract and keep families and businesses in Manchester, including working with the NH College and University Council to secure more than $10.5 million to the school district over the next seven years through the competitive GEAR UP grant.
- Made our neighborhoods safer by combating the substance use disorder crisis and addressing crime, resulting in a 19% decrease in opioid overdoses and an overall decrease in crime, including a 9% decrease in violent crime.
- Made smarter decisions that reflect our priorities to protect your hard-earned tax dollars, and respect the tax cap
Mayor Craig 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. She was then elected to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
As an Alderman, Mayor Craig authored three city budgets adopted by the majority of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, investing 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. Mayor Craig also led efforts to implement citywide Single Stream Recycling, which in its first year saved the City $200,000 and increased recycling by 900 tons.
A product 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 and her husband, Michael, have three children, William, Sarah, and Kathryn.