1st Woman Becomes Mayor of New Hampshire's Largest City
photo courtesy: NH Democratic Party
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A new mayor has taken office in New Hampshire's largest city.
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, the first woman to hold the office, was sworn in on Tuesday.
In the November election, Craig, a Democrat, beat four-term Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan introduced Craig before her inauguration speech.
Craig, a former alderman, says her priorities as mayor are to improve city schools, reduce crime and to address the opioid crisis. She also wants to establish a business development and economic growth council and look at opportunities for commuter rail.
Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen offered her congratulations in a statement saying, “As Manchester’s first female mayor, Joyce Craig joins New Hampshire’s proud legacy of women trailblazers. I want to congratulate Joyce and her family on this historic day. I’m looking forward to our work together to strengthen Manchester and the region. Just as she’s done throughout her career in public service, I know Joyce will work tirelessly to achieve her vision for the Queen City.”
Mayor Craig tweeted she is looking forward to serving in the corner office.
Thank you, Manchester. I look forward to serving as the 48th mayor of the Queen City for the next two years. Now, let’s get to work.— Mayor Joyce Craig (@MayorJoyceCraig) January 2, 2018