MANCHESTER, NH – Normally it’s filled with cars, but earlier this week, Carroll Street Classics was also filled with politics.
On Tuesday, Ward 10 Aldermanic Candidate Ray Hebert and Manchester Mayoral Candidate Victoria Sullivan stopped by Carroll Street Classics’ Family Fun Night & Car Show to talk with voters and check out the shop’s collection of classic cars.
Sullivan was enthusiastic after qualifying for November’s general election following her mayoral primary result earlier this month.
In that primary, Sullivan finished second to Mayor Joyce Craig, 4,983 votes to 3,416, receiving more votes than Craig in Wards 8 and 9.
Sullivan’s tally in the primary was good for 39.1 percent of all votes cast, approximately five percent higher than the primary percentage for Frank Guinta during his mayoral campaign upset in 2005.
“I am incredibly excited as we continue to build upon the momentum of a strong primary election result where we finished with the same percentage of the vote that have topped incumbent mayors in the past,” she said. “Voters like those I have spoken with this evening are ready for change and to elect a mayor who will have the courage to tackle the tough issues impacting our city. I look forward to continuing to work each and every day in the coming weeks to earn the trust of Queen City families.”
Hebert also expressed optimism for November at the event, stressing his opposition to any tax cap overrides and a need for greater action in addressing the city’s opioid crisis, among other issues.
“What we’re hearing on the campaign is people are upset with our current mayor,” said Hebert, who faces off against incumbent Alderman Bill Barry in November. “Walking the wards, people are excited to see that there’s new blood out there willing to work for the constituents and not for the pay or insurance.”
The event was the first political gathering ever held at the garage, drawing nearby residents such as Ronnie Schlender.
Schlender declined to say who she would be voting for, but enjoyed the event regardless.
“This is great, I don’t want to say folksy, but it was a neighborhood event, we need more of them,” she said.