Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced today he will be running for the Republican nomination for New Hampshire governor.
“I am proud of all that we have achieved in Manchester, and excited by the opportunity to bring my executive experience and leadership to the State House in Concord,” said Gatsas. “As Mayor I have worked hard to improve city infrastructure, foster an environment where economic development can grow and thrive, bring new educational opportunities to our students and worked to keep Manchester safe.”
Gatsas is the third Republican to enter the race. Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, who is the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu, along with state Rep. Frank Edelblut, are also running for the GOP nomination.
Mark Connolly, a former New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State, along with Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern are running for the Democratic nomination.
Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is eligible to run for reelection, but has announced she will instead run for U.S. Senate, challenging Republican Kelly Ayotte.
Ayotte and Gatsas have recently been critical of Hassan’s inaction on the opioid crisis in New Hampshire. Hassan has not yet appointed a new drug czar 46 days after the previous official stepped down.
Gatsas touched on the opioid crisis and other key issues in the race in his announcement. “We need strong leadership in Concord to combat the deadly opioid epidemic, to reduce the burdening health care costs affecting so many New Hampshire families, to create a climate for increased economic development and innovation and to return control of our schools to the local communities.”