Sullivan officially files for Ward 9 Aldermanic Special Election

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Wednesday, former State Representative and 2021 Mayoral Candidate Victoria Sullivan announced her candidacy in the upcoming Ward 9 Aldermanic Special Election.

The seat became vacant after the recent death of longtime Alderman Barbara Shaw.

Sullivan says she is running to address the city’s crime, education scores, homelessness, taxes and a lack of transparency in City Hall, all of which she says have become worse since November’s municipal election.

“When I ran for mayor, I promised the voters I would never quit listening to their concerns or ensuring their voices were heard at City Hall,” she said. “The reality is that we desperately need more leaders in Manchester who are willing to stand up, recognize our problems, and have a vision to bring about a brighter future. I look forward to hopefully being a voice for a better tomorrow representing my home ward and an agent of positive change for our city as a whole.”

Sullivan was also a mayoral candidate in 2019 and served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, including a stint as Assistant Majority Leader.

More information on Sullivan’s campaign can be found at

Wednesday is the first day of the filing period for the special election, with the proposed dates approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during their Tuesday night meeting.

The filing period will last until Jan. 28, with the election scheduled for March 15.

Shaw’s 2021 opponent, Bobby Kliskey, has announced that he will not run in the special election.


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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.