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Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire
Alderman Joyce Craig has a proven record of bringing people together to solve problems for the people of Manchester. As the current Ward One Alderman, a PTO volunteer, former School Board member, and businessperson, Joyce knows the importance of working with parents, educators, business owners and the community to move Manchester forward.
Born and raised in Manchester on Crystal Lake in Ward 8, Joyce began her public service in 2007. As the mother of three young children, she was concerned by the many challenges facing Manchester’s schools, and she ran for and won a seat on the Manchester School Board. In her first term, she worked with parents, teachers and school administrators to hire a new superintendent, to advocate for full-day kindergarten and to implement energy efficiency programs. While serving on the School Board, Joyce realized that a first rate school system is key to the future economic growth and overall success of Manchester, and its ability to produce students prepared for the jobs of tomorrow is essential to attract and retain the young families and successful businesses that will help grow our economy. She realized that she could better serve Manchester on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and in 2009, Joyce won a seat as the Ward One Alderman.
Currently, Joyce serves as Chair to the Committees on Administration/Information Systems and Solid Waste Activities. She is also a member of the Human Resources/Insurance, Lands and Buildings, Finance, and Joint School Buildings Committees and serves as the Aldermanic Representative to Trustees of City Library. In her first term, Joyce led efforts to implement citywide Single Stream Recycling, which in its first year saved the City $200,000 and increased recycling by 900 tons.
A bipartisan leader focused on results, Joyce authored three City budgets adopted by the majority of the Board of Mayor and Alderman. In these budgets, $3M additional dollars were appropriated to schools while concurrently lowering the tax rate, approximately $4M was bonded for road repairs and the City hired additional police officers to address public safety concerns. These budgets also supported essential city services such as citywide bus service and allowed the Westside Library to remain open. In 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan selected Joyce to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education in recognition of her efforts to improve Manchester’s schools.
Joyce and her husband, Attorney Michael Craig, have three children, William, Sarah and Kathryn, who attend Manchester public schools. Joyce is a graduate of Manchester public schools having attended Green Acres, Southside and Memorial High School. After she earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, Joyce worked as a marketing director in Boston for 15 years and is now a self-employed property manager. Joyce is also an accomplished runner having completed 12 marathons.
Election Date: November 3, 2015