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Nov 2, 2015 6:28 PM

Landrigan: All eyes on who gets elected mayor of NH's two biggest cities on Tuesday

MANCHESTER - This really is a tale of two cities and of two very competitive races for mayor voters decide tomorrow.

In Manchester, political icon Ted Gatsas asking for a fourth term saying his rival can’t be trusted on taxes.

"And I hope they understand they are going to trust somebody with the budget that we have in place to move forward,’’ Gatsas tells NH1 News.

The challenger, Joyce Craig, says Gatsas has been all talk no action on the drug crisis.

"I do not feel he’s done enough about the heroin epidemic. He’s done a lot of talking about it but when it comes right down to it he hasn’t accomplished anything,’’ says Craig, the Ward 1 alderman who also served on the city’s school committee.

A veteran operative says the Queen City gets tired and often changes its mayors.

"They do. There is some history of Manchester voters over time saying we need to shake things up,’’ says State Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester.

In Nashua, Jim Donchess asking voters to return him to the mayor’s job he held when Ronald Reagan was president.

"A lot of it is the same. There is still managing city government; the money is tighter than it was back when I was mayor before,’’ Donchess says

The fast-charging Chris Williams uses social media to pitch to the young and ethnic voters.

"The core message that this comes down to is does Nashua want to move forward with someone with new energy and new ideas or do we want to rewind the clock to 30 years ago,’’ Williams says.

Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan sums up, ``The race for mayor in both these cities comes down to one key question: what do voters want? Is it a familiar face, someone they are used to or are they willing to take a risk on a fresh face with a message of change.’’


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