MANCHESTER, NH – Former Alderman Patrick Arnold has announced his candidacy for mayor of Manchester in 2015. Arnold, who served as an Alderman from 2009 until 2014, was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2013 against incumbent Republican, Mayor Ted Gatsas.
“I’m running for Mayor because the residents and taxpayers of New Hampshire’s largest city deserve better than the complacency and failed policies of the status quo,” said Arnold in a prepared statement.
“Crime continues to rise. Our schools continue to struggle. Our city continues to bleed opportunities and resources under the current administration. Manchester can and should be leading in education, job opportunities and economic development. We can and should be the best place to live and raise a family in New Hampshire. Our campaign will continue efforts to bring new ideas and new leadership to City Hall and a new vision to Manchester by building on the grassroots organization that we developed in 2013,” Arnold said.
The Arnold for Mayor campaign also announced its 2015 organizing committee, which will focus on expanding the campaign’s 2013 voter contact program with special emphasis on new voters from 2014.
Among Arnold’s supporters are former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno, and At-Large School Board member Kathy Staub.
“Patrick Arnold will be a hard-working mayor of all the people,” said Bruno, who is former chair of the NH Democratic Party.
“The closeness of the 2013 mayor’s race left us not deterred, but rather inspired that Manchester’s best days are ahead. Patrick will bring vision, determination, and truly collaborative leadership needed to move our city forward,” said Staub.
Arnold is an attorney. He lives in Manchester with his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Abigail.
Arnold for Mayor – 2015 Organizing Committee
George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman
Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member
Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman
Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member
Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative
Jean Jeudy, State Representative
Bill Clayton, former State Representative
Amy Bradley, School Board member
Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member
John O’Keefe, business owner
Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist
Mary Sysyn, former Alderman
Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist
Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner
Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative
Dr. David George, college professor and activist
Jon Hopwood, writer and activist
Dan Bergeron, former School Board member
Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member
Katie Desrochers, School Board member
Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative
Ron Boisvert, State Representative