Election Results: Joyce Craig beats Ted Gatsas by 1,499 votes

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Joyce Craig, mayor-elect of Manchester, arriving at Ward 1 to vote on Tuesday. Photo/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH – With all wards reporting, the city of Manchester has a new mayor in Joyce Craig — the city’s first woman to lead City Hall.

Mayor Ted Gatsas conceded the win before all votes had been counted by Tweeting his congratulations to “Mayor-Elect Joyce Craig.”

Based on the numbers below, we’ll likely see a number of recounts  including Ward 3, where Tim Baines had a 6-vote victory over Pat Long. The deadline to receive applications for any recounts of votes cast related to the November 7, 2017 Municipal General Election is extended one business day to Monday, November 13th at 5 p.m. due to the observance of Veteran’s Day on November 10.


City Clerk Matthew Normand notes that there was a 40 percent voter turnout this time around. The full unofficial results (see below) represent tabulated ballots only and do not include hand-count ballots and write-in votes.

Official municipal election results will be released on the city’s Election Results page by close of business Nov. 8, 2017.

  • The traditional city flag won over the new designs by a landslide (see results in the charts below).
  • Keno is coming to Manchester – Yes votes: 13,284; No votes: 8,304
  • Erika Conners won in the District 18 Special Senate Election, 1,198 to 1,178 over Albert MacArthur.
  • See all other ward elected offices in the charts below.

See the ward-by-ward results below. We’ll bring you more coverage here as the night goes on, so check back.

Unofficial final in Mayors race:

Mayor Gatsas: 10,554

Joyce Craig: 12,053* 

Mayor-elect Joyce Craig celebrates her victory over Mayor Ted Gatsas at the Puritan Conference Center shortly after learning she had won. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

Winning candidate in red. (i) signifies incumbent

Ward 1


(i) Kevin Cavanaugh – 1,809*

Chris Stewart – 1,328


(i) Sarah Ambrogi – 1,782*

Joseph LaChance – 1,115


Ted Gatsas – 1,379

Joyce Craig – 1,971*

Ward 2


Will Stewart – 1,304*

Bob OSullivan- 938


(i) Deb Langton- 1,047

David Scannell- 1,069*


Ted Gatsas – 1,047

Joyce Craig – 1,361*

Ward 3


(i) Pat Long – 523

Tim Baines – 529*


(i) Mary Georges – 563*

Phillip Harris – 339


Ted Gatsas – 447

Joyce Craig – 700*

Ward 4


(i) Chris Herbert – 688*

Stephen Mathieu – 596


(i) Leslie Want – 682*

Mark Flanders – 592


Ted Gatsas – 779*

Joyce Craig – 628

Ward 5


(i) Tony Sapienza – 594*

Cameron Barr – 231


(i) Lisa Freeman – 454*

Kathy Staub – 393


Ted Gatsas – 549

Joyce Craig – 439

Ward 6


(i) Elizabeth Moreau – 1,153*

Peter Macone – 1,128


(i) Dan Bergeron – 1,143*

Jon DiPetro – 1,093


Ted Gatsas – 1,274*

Joyce Craig – 1,194

Ward 7


(i) Bill Shea – 849*

Brenda Noiseux – 703


(i) Ross Terio – 889*

Ethan Moorhouse – 516


Ted Gatsas – 790

Joyce Craig – 849*

Ward 8


Betsi Devries – 1,097

John Cataldo – 1,274*


(i) Erika Conners – 1,093

Jimmy Lehoux – 1,214*


Ted Gatsas – 1,264*

Joyce Craig – 1,192

Ward 9


(i) Barbara Shaw – 924*

Jim Burkush – 901


Arthur Beaudry (uncontested)


Ted Gatsas – 942

Joyce Craig – 992*

Ward 10


(i) Bill Barry – 1,039*

Tammy Simmons – 714


(i) John Avard – 918*

Tom McGee – 648


Ted Gatsas – 903

Joyce Craig – 968*

Ward 11


(i) Norm Gamache – 568*

Russ Ouellette – 528


(i) Katie Desrochers – 743*

Alex Avery – 262


Ted Gatsas – 659*

Joyce Craig – 639

Ward 12


(i) Keith Hirschmann – 863*

Hassan Essa – 795


(i) Connie Van Houten – 789

Kelly Thomas – 822*


Ted Gatsas – 872*

Joyce Craig – 858


Scroll through the first document for totals on Keno and the City Flag questions. Scroll through the second document for other ward office results.

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