After months of speculation centering around his potential candidacy, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced today that he will not enter the gubernatorial race.
Gatsas, who was reelected in November by a record-breaking margin, said in a statement: “My family and I were humbled by the outpouring of encouragement and support from Republicans, Independents and Democrats throughout the state to seek the Governorship and we believe that we would have run a viable winning campaign. However after careful consideration, I have decided that now is not the right time for me to seek statewide office.”
“At the very heart of this decision is my deep and unwavering affection for the Queen City and my commitment to the success of her future. Since I took my first oath of office in January 2010 I have worked hard to Build a Better Manchester; I remain true to this mission by working each and every day on behalf of the residents of Manchester. While Manchester has been able to weather the storm of the economic downturn we are not out of the woods.”
“As Mayor I pledged to get Manchester’s fiscal house in order. The 2013 budget that I will present on Thursday, March 22nd is essential to the cities financial viability and will require 100% of my attention in the months ahead.”
?Also at the core of this decision are the students of Manchester. One of the biggest perks of being Mayor is visiting with city students and celebrating their achievements. I am a product of the Manchester schools and I believe that they are amongst the very best in the state. The place where I will have the greatest impact on our students and city schools is in the Mayor’s Office and in my continued capacity as Chairman of the School Board.?
“I would like to thank everyone that has supported me as I made this decision and thank the residents of the City of Manchester for allowing me the privilege to serve as Mayor.”
With Gatsas out, the Republican primary race will likely tighten around Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith, and businessman Steve Kenda, who will battle to take on either Maggie Hassan or Jackie Cilley in the general election.