Yesterday was Manchester’s mayoral primary with Democrat mayor Joyce Craig uncontested and two Republicans vying to challenge her.
WMUR reports that Victoria Sullivan has won the (non-partisan) primary 2,545 to 2,417.
Craig and Sullivan were chosen by city voters to move on to the general election campaign – with Craig finishing first with, unofficially, 5,477 votes or 52.5 percent; Sullivan second with 2,545 votes, or 24.4 percent; and former Alderman Rich Girard falling out of contention with 2,417 votes, or 2,417 votes.
In response to tonight’s result, Craig released a statement that read in part, “I’m thankful for the enthusiastic support we saw today. I’m incredibly proud of the work of our campaign and grateful for the volunteers and everyone who came out and made their voices heard.”
Municipal and town races in New Hampshire run absent party registration. Higher elected offices include the (R) or the (D) – NH House, Senate, Governor, etc., but not local. In Manchester, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election regardless of a political party, which I continue to think is a mistake. But no one asked me.
Manchester’s city elections are in November.
You can view all of the primary race results here.