First on NH1 News: Gatsas hires former NHGOP executive director Berry as campaign manager
MANCHESTER – Ross Berry is now on board steering the re-election campaign of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.
NH1 News was first to report on Friday morning that the former executive director of the New Hampshire GOP is on the job as campaign manager for mayor’s bid for a fifth two-year term running New Hampshire’s largest city. The news came just two days after Gatsas officially announced his re-election bid.
Berry served as the state Republican party’s executive director for two years under chair Jennifer Horn. He stepped down earlier this year after former state Sen. Jeanie Forrester succeeded Horn as party chair.
Berry also worked for the NHGOP during the 2012 and 2014 election cycles and is also a veteran of the Republican National Committee. Berry also has campaign experience, serving as a deputy campaign manager in race in Virginia and managing a campaign in Connecticut.
Berry told NH1 News that “I approached Ted about it. I’ve lived in the city for a while now and I’m a huge fan of the things that he’s done, especially when it comes towards the crime and the opioid epidemic here in the city. I knew he was looking for somebody and I threw my name out there and we sat down and worked it out.”
Gatsas barely won re-election two years ago, narrowly edging out Democrat Joyce Craig by just 64 votes.
The Republican mayor and his Democratic challenger are facing off again this year, and Gatsas told NH1 News on Wednesday that “we’re going to make sure that people get out and vote.”
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Asked how the 2017 Gatsas campaign would differ from the 2015 edition, Berry said “we’re definitely going to be more voter contact heavy. But the big thing is the Mayor knows we have to get out and meet voters and we have to take this back to the traditional New Hampshire campaign, which is we have to go out and shake hands and talk about the issues.”
“My background is data and grassroots programs so obviously we’re going to have a heavy digital program and heavy grassroots program, but at the end of the day this is about Ted,” Berry added. “It’s all about the success of what the candidate does. And the campaign is going to compliment everything that the mayor has done for the city.”
The 66 year old Gatsas, who’s a Manchester native, was a Ward 2 alderman from 2000 to 2010. And from 2000 to 2009 he concurrently served as a state senator representing District 16. He briefly served as state Senate president from 2005 to 2006.
Craig, a former Ward 1 alderman, announced her bid in March. Last month she hired Craig Brown as her campaign manager.
Brown served as deputy field director for Maggie Hassan’s successfully 2012 gubernatorial campaign. He was New Hampshire operations director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential primary campaign and held the same title for New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign during the general election. He most recently served as state operations manager for Sen. Hassan.
Former NHGOP executive director Ross Berry, who's now serving as campaign manager for the re-election bid of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas