Mayor Joyce Craig Officially Files for Re-Election

Mayor Craig is the Only Mayoral Candidate to File With Nominating Petitions from Manchester Voters

MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Mayor Joyce Craig officially filed for re-election, surrounded by her family and supporters. In a show of support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from across the city, she submitted hundreds of nominating petitions from voters in every ward of Manchester. She is the only candidate running for Mayor who filed nominating petitions from Manchester residents.

“I’m proud of the progress our city has made, but our hard work continues,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “We have a tremendous opportunity in the next two years to continue to tackle issues facing our community. I’ll continue working to help residents lead better lives with stronger schools, safer neighborhoods, good jobs and a growing economy.” 

Added Craig, “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 her two terms in office:

  • Supporting students and teachers with major investments in technology, professional development and new curriculum
  • Making our community safer with increased patrols and training, resulting in a decrease in crime for the fifth year in a row 
  • Addressing homelessness and housing by increasing outreach and allocating a record $4.7 million of federal funds to affordable housing
  • Growing our economy by attracting $360 million of new private development and bringing the first new airline to the MHT Airport in 17 years
  • Investing in infrastructure by repairing over 183 miles of roads and sidewalks and making historic investments in parks and trails
  • Practicing sound fiscal management by getting through the pandemic with a $2.3 million city surplus and refinancing, saving millions
  • Preparing recommendations for $43 million in federal ARP funds, the first community to do so

About Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig is the 48th Mayor of Manchester. She was first elected as Mayor on November 7, 2017, becoming the first woman to be elected to the city’s highest office. 

Born and raised in Manchester, Mayor Craig strives to continue the City’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

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.

Joyce Craig for Manchester
P.O. Box 3893
Manchester, NH 03105