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Sep 17, 2015 10:31 AM

Mayor Ted Gatsas: Can he overcome history in the Queen City?


MANCHESTER - Mayor Ted Gatsas won the first round in his bid for a fourth term -- but the city has a finicky history when it comes to re-electing mayors after they've served multiple terms.

"I think the mayor has failed in terms of bring folks together, listening to their concerns. He's done an awful lot of talk but we've not seen any results," says challenger Alderman Joyce Craig, who also advanced to the next round.

NH1 News has taken a look behind the numbers and examined Manchester's history, concluding that the colorful and outspoken Gatsas could be in some trouble come November.

Gatsas got less than 50 percent of the vote in the recent primary election, coming in with just under 43 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile Craig got 37 percent but she's expected to pick up much of the 14 percent that went to ex-Alderman Patrick Arnold.

What's more, the Queen City voters have a fondness for growing tired of their mayors.

In 1999, they tossed out Republican Ray Wiezorek in favor of Democrat Bob Baines.

Six years later, they became weary of Baines and went with Republican Frank Guinta.

Twice they soured and threw out Democratic Mayor Emile Beaulieu, who then became a Republican.

But one thing is certain, Gatsas is not going down without a fight.

"I'm not too sure what a record is, but certainly we're going to be talking about it," he said.


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