Booker and Craig stress local importance at canvass kickoff

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Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig (credit – Andrew Sylvia)

MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Presidential Primary is only months away, as is the Manchester Mayoral Election. On Saturday morning, those two separate paths merged as U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Cory Booker lent some enthusiasm to a group of volunteers ready to canvass for Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig’s re-election campaign.

Senator Booker (D- New Jersey), praised Craig and also praised the role of municipal officials in general, hearkening back to his time as an elected official at the local level.

“Former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia once said there’s no Democratic or Republican way to fix potholes. Being a mayor is about getting things done every single day, hitting singles and doubles and occasionally (Mayor Craig) has hit home runs for your community,” he said.

Booker also stressed a sense of urgency to the crowd to focus on issues rather than individuals and asked them to be proactive in addressing the issues faced by Manchester and the nation as a whole.

“We are at a crisis in our country, and it’s not just at the Presidential level, that people want to personify our challenges in one person and not understand that this is not about pointing fingers, it’s about accepting responsibility. It’s not about assigning blame, it’s about standing up and saying ‘I want to affect the destiny of our country,’”, he said.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D – New Jersey) outside of Mayor Craig’s campaign office. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

Mayor Craig appreciated Booker’s appearance at the canvass kick-off, also stressing the need of community cooperation and her focus on that philosophy.

“It’s so great to see you all of you here and that you understand the importance of this election,” she said. “I’ve been in office for about a year-and-a-half and we’ve been able to make some great progress on our schools, economic development and the opioid crisis here in our city. I’m not done though, we have more work to do, together. That’s the key here, together. We’ve worked together to accomplish these issues and we need to continue doing that.”

Manchester resident Karen Soule was one of the volunteers on hand to canvass for the Mayor.

Soule voted for Craig in 2017, but Saturday marked the first time she has gone door to door on behalf of a political candidate.

“I think she’s doing an excellent job, but two years isn’t long enough to reach fruition to all the things she wants to do,” said Soule. “She supports public education, she supports working together as a community, which is so important because you can’t do it alone, you have to do it as a community.”