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Sep 14, 2015 7:07 PM

Landrigan: Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas faces survival test in primary election Tuesday


That’s New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some advice Monday for Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas who on Tuesday faces the stiffest challenge of his three terms with a primary as voters whittle the five-person field down to two.

Gatsas walked around Manchester on Monday.

"I’m still four votes down and looking for those four votes today. I’m never overconfident,’’ Gatsas said.

Gatsas said the work remains undone including tackling the heroin epidemic and creating a drug court to deal with it.

"I had a mother just come up to me this morning and say mayor we need to do something, I just found my son with a needle in his arm,’’ Gatsas said.

He faces a tag team of challengers, first Patrick Arnold who did surprisingly well running against Gatsas in 2013.

"Well I can say our management styles are like night and day, Mayor Gatsas is well known for having a my way or the highway style of management and style of governing,’’ Arnold said.

Add to him Alderwoman and ex-school board chair Joyce Craig who’s raised more than $200,000 and knocked on 10,000 doors.

"I feel there’s great potential in the city and as a parent and an alderman and former school board, we need a leader though who listens to people and can bring people together to address the issues,’’ Craig said.

Jawed Alibaba Shaikh and Glenn Ouellette are also on Tuesday’s ballot.

"There you have it three qualified candidates all with different approaches and different strategies all understanding intuitively that come Tuesday one will become politically extinct and two more will move on to November,’’ Landrigan summed up.


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