MANCHESTER, NH – One day after the city’s primary election, in which Joyce Craig beat Mayor Ted Gatsas by a vote of 5,800 to 4,987, Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association (MPPA) and Manchester Association of Police Supervisors (MAPS) have announced their endorsement of Craig for Mayor.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Manchester’s law enforcement officers. Their commitment to protecting Manchester is unparalleled”, Craig said in a prepared statement released Wednesday. “These men and women risk their lives on a daily basis to keep Manchester safe. I know from my conversations with residents across the city that the crime and violence associated with the opioid crisis continues to be a serious concern to our community. I look forward to working together with our law enforcement officials to address our challenges and move Manchester forward.”
Kenneth Chamberlain, President of MPPA, said the choice to endorse Craig was based on a track record of understanding the city’s issues. “She listens to law enforcement concerns and has the ability to sit down and work out problems, rather than hiding from them,” he said.
Rich Brennan, President of MAPS, cited Craig’s “vocal support,” for Manchester’s men and women in blue.
“Her strong communication and forward-thinking ideas are exactly what we need from a Mayor. Manchester’s police officers trust Joyce Craig to lead our city forward,” Brennan said.
Craig was scheduled to go on a police ride-along Wednesday, her second ride-along with police since the start of her campaign. A spokesman for the campaign said if elected, Craig would continue regular ride-alongs with both the police and fire departments, in an effort to better understand the challenges they face.
Craig also has received the endorsement of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors and the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association.