MANCHESTER, NH – Alderman Joyce Craig has petitioned the City Clerk’s office for a recount of the Nov. 3 election ballots, after losing to Mayor Ted Gatsas by 85 votes, 10,086 to 9,961.
Craig, who had until Nov. 6 to request the recount, filed Nov. 5, according to her campaign manager, Rahul Kale.
Kale said Craig’s decision was based largely on the outpouring from supporters who have encouraged Craig to go forward with a recount.
Gatsas said he is looking forward to expediting the process.
“I think she has ability to do that, and I hope we get it done as fast as we can so we can move along to get back to doing city business,” Gatsas said Thursday.
On Wednesday Craig said she was still considering her options, and admitted that the Election night results were disappointing. But she did not concede the loss. She also credited the strong support of her family and constituents as the reason she would go ahead with a recount.
The recount is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. on November 9 at the Carol M. Rines Center., during which the 20,198 ballots cast will be counted manually by the city’s three-member Board of Recount.