Voters Across NH Heading To Polls Tuesday To Weigh In On Mayoral Races

Nov 4, 2013

Manchester Alderman Patrick Arnold, left, and Mayor Ted Gatsas, right, face off in a debate last month.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Voters in Manchester and several other cities across the Granite State head to the polls tomorrow to weigh in on races for mayor.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is seeking his third, two-year term as head of the state’s largest city.

At a debate last month, the Republican touted the recent opening of the Manchester School of Technology, an idea he says he proposed.

“We now have the only technical high school in the state of New Hampshire where children that aren’t looking to go to college can go and get an education so that they can have one step up when they enter the workforce in the city of Manchester,” Gatsas said.

Alderman Patrick Arnold, a Democrat, has accused Gatsas of failing to lead the city as it deals with rising crime and subpar schools.

“The status quo of our city is untenable; it’s unsustainable,” Arnold said. “We have families leaving. Families don’t want to come here because education isn’t a priority, because public safety isn’t a priority.”

Voters in Portsmouth, Concord, Keene, Dover, Laconia, Rochester, Somersworth and Berlin will also cast ballots in races for mayor on Tuesday.