Manchester Mayor Craig To Chair Democratic State Convention

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Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig will chair this year’s State Convention, the New Hampshire Democratic Party announced today. Additional mayors, local leaders, and activists from across the state will be serving alongside her on the official Convention Committee.

This year’s Convention Officers are as follows:

Mayor Joyce Craig of Manchester, Convention Chair. Mayor Craig is Manchester’s first woman mayor. She has strengthened Manchester schools, driven economic development in the city, and provided the largest funding increase for Manchester schools in over a decade.

Mayor Jim Bouley of Concord, Convention Co-Chair. Mayor Bouley is serving his sixth term as mayor of Concord. He has worked to modernize the city’s downtown, end homelessness, and maintain a stable budget while still being able to offer high quality services.

Mayor Jim Donchess of Nashua, Convention Co-Chair. Mayor Donchess has served three terms as mayor. He added kindergarten for every 5-year-old in Nashua at all public schools, expanded the downtown economy, and increased affordable housing options.

Mayor Dana Hilliard of Somersworth, Convention Co-Chair. Mayor Hilliard began public service when he was 20 and has been mayor of Somersworth for three terms. He launched the Mayor’s Drug Task Force, which created a blueprint for a city-wide response to the opioid crisis.

Mayor Caroline McCarley of Rochester, Convention Co-Chair. Mayor McCarley is Rochester’s first woman mayor. During her two terms as mayor, Rochester has seen an influx of new businesses, the launch of the Rochester Community Recovery Center, and renovations to the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center at Spaulding High School.

Candidate for Manchester Alderman, Hassan Essa, Convention Secretary. Essa is currently a student at UNH Manchester and a member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard. He came to Manchester as a refugee in 2000.

President of the New Hampshire High School Democrats, Asma Akbar of Nashua, Convention Treasurer. Asma became involved in politics at 10-years-old when her mother took her canvassing for President Obama’s campaign. She is a junior at Nashua High School South.

Candidate for State Representative in October 8th Special Election, Naomi Andrews of Epping, Convention Sergeant At Arms. Naomi is running in a special election on October 8 in Epping for a typically Republican-held seat. Naomi was raised in Epping and dedicated over a decade to serving her community.

“These mayors, municipal leaders, and activists are working every day to expand opportunities for all Granite Staters and to create an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the very top,” said Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “New Hampshire Democrats are not only focused on defeating Donald Trump and Chris Sununu, but on winning elections all the way up and down the ticket, because we know that progress starts in neighborhoods and in communities across the state.”

The New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention is on track to be the largest gathering of Democrats since the Democratic National Convention, and all of the Democratic presidential candidates are expected to attend.

Members of the public have until Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm to purchase tickets online at Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Members of the press can apply for media credentials here.

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