MANCHESTER, NH -Matt Wilhelm of Manchester officially announced his candidacy for State Representative in Hillsborough District 42 on May 24. Wilhelm is teaming up with fellow first-time candidate, Dr. Jackie Chretien to run for the two seats in Hillsborough 42, a floterial district covering Manchester Wards 1, 2 and 3. As professionals with young children, Wilhelm and Chretien hope to bring new energy and fresh perspective to the State House in representing Manchester’s North End, Downtown and Millyard.
Wilhelm first moved to Manchester after college to serve as an AmeriCorps member with City Year New Hampshire, leading a team of diverse young adults in full-time service in high-need public schools. He went on to launch a career in the music industry, working as a tour manager, lighting director, and organizer for pre-show community service projects. Matt serves as the director of the Old Sol Alliance, a nonprofit action tank committed to leveraging live music to create positive social and environmental impact through service. He earned his master’s in public administration at UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy and lives near Derryfield Park with his wife, Jody, and their children, Ben (age 5) and Rosie (age 2).
“I’m running because the democratic institutions that have served our state so well over the years, namely our public schools and election systems, are under attack right now up in Concord. Our citizen legislature desperately needs a fresh crop of young leaders, committed to strengthening our democracy and identifying ways to effectively leverage NH’s most valuable resource: its people,” says Wilhelm.
“Feeling called to enter the arena as a candidate for public office is simply an extension of the commitment to service that first brought me to Manchester in 2005 when I signed on to serve as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. It’s in that same spirit that I’m inspired to run a campaign that puts public service before politics as usual. That’s what Manchester residents expect and deserve,” he said.