Press release: SEA/SEIU Local 1984 endorses Joyce Craig for mayor

Contact: Melissa Moriarty, 603-271-3411, ext. 105

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 announced today that it has endorsed Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig in her re-election bid, noting that her energy, hard work, and clear vision earned her another term.

“Manchester is NH’s largest city, and what happens there sets the tone,” said John Hattan, Second Vice President of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “The city faces many unique challenges, and Mayor Craig has faced them head-on with a collaborative approach, engaging business and community leaders for creative solutions. We’re pleased to see that her advocacy extends to the Legislature, fighting to undo cuts in state aid that have hurt communities throughout NH. Her experience and temperament serve her in this work, and we wholeheartedly endorse her bid for re-election.”

SEA/SEIU Local 1984, which began as the State Employees’ Association, represents public and private sector employees around the state, and more than 800 members reside in Manchester. In addition, many SEA-represented worksites are based in Manchester, including Manchester Community College, the Sununu Youth Services Center, Health and Human Services district office and numerous state liquor stores.

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement,” said Mayor Craig. “I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with SEA members to deliver city and state services and make progress on the priorities that matter most to Manchester residents.”

Corey Dearborn, a Manchester resident and SEA member at the Sununu Youth Services Center, said Mayor Craig has been the leader Manchester needs.   

“Actually being mayor is much harder than running for the office,” Dearborn said. “From Day 1, Mayor Craig has proven she is up to the task. It’s about finding solutions when something goes wrong and being the city’s biggest cheerleader when things go right. That’s what a good leader does – and if we’re going to continue to move forward as a city, we need Mayor Craig leading the way.” 

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