MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced her re-election campaign for Mayor of Manchester. Currently serving in her second term, Mayor Craig has led the largest city in the state through the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing efforts on keeping our residents healthy and safe, our students supported, and our businesses open.
“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 fees, streamlining the permitting process and expanding outdoor dining for restaurants, and offering free public transportation, among other things,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “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.”
As the 48th mayor and the first woman to be elected to Manchester’s highest office, Mayor Craig has addressed Manchester’s most pressing challenges and together with city leaders, delivered solutions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Making sound financial decisions to protect taxpayers during the pandemic, freezing non-essential spending and hires, resulting in a more than $1.85 million surplus
- Combating crime and addressing the substance use disorder crisis, resulting in a decrease in crime for the fifth year in a row and a 28% decrease in opioid overdoses and a 42% decrease in opioid overdose deaths
- Activating the Emergency Operations Center, establishing the COVID-19 Hotline (603-668-1547), distributing PPE, scheduling weekly testing clinics and now assisting with vaccinations
- Creating the Emergency Housing Assistance Program to help renters and homeowners to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing over $370,000 in assistance to Manchester families
- Through the Fuel our Families initiative, preparing over 185,000 meals for public, private, and charter school students across the city
- In partnership with the Manchester School District, ensuring every student has access to a computer for remote learning, distributing more than 6,000 Chromebooks in 2020
- Establishing the Manchester Small Business Recovery Loan Program and the Small Business Resiliency Grant, allocating more than $263,000 to assist local businesses
What Manchester residents are saying:
“My support as an immigrant and a person of color comes from seeing firsthand how Mayor Joyce Craig has made Manchester a welcoming place for individuals of all different cultures,” said Arnold Mikolo, local community leader. “I have seen firsthand how Mayor Joyce Craig has made Manchester a welcoming place for individuals of all different cultures. From creating a first of its kind Mayor’s Multicultural Advisory Council to always having an earnest willingness to listen and work with constituents, Mayor Craig has worked to foster a sense of community for people of color, the LGBTQ community, folks with disabilities, and everyone who calls the Queen City home. I also witnessed her leadership during the pandemic, making sure that minority businesses access the resources available to them by leveling up with the playing field. Manchester has come a long way since Mayor Joyce Craig took office, and we have made a lot of progress since. I want to see our city continue to be a hub for people like myself and investors establishing new businesses and creating employment. Mayor Craig has proven to be the leader our city needs and making sure that we are moving forward and not going back!”
“As soon as the pandemic hit our city, Mayor Craig took immediate steps to make sure our students, teachers, and faculty stayed safe and were able to continue learning and teaching,” said Ed Doyle, Central High School Teacher. “As an educator in the Manchester School District, I was so glad to have Mayor Craig at the helm as she looked after our students and continued to make Manchester a great place for kids to go to school.”
“Mayor Joyce Craig has been a great leader for the citizens of Manchester during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not easy leading the largest city in New Hampshire during normal times, and through the crisis Mayor Craig has risen to the occasion,” said State Representative Heidi Hamer. “Mayor Craig was a strong advocate for the residents of Manchester and worked with the state and federal governments to secure the necessary funding and resources to fight the pandemic in the city.”
About Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig is the 48th Mayor of Manchester. Born and raised in Manchester, she was first elected as Mayor on November 7, 2017, becoming the first woman to be elected to the city’s highest office.
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 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.
Mayor Craig is an avid runner, who has completed 14 marathons, including 10 consecutive Boston Marathons.
She and her husband, Michael, have three children, William, Sarah, and Kathryn.