Today's Manchester primary election is chance to narrow the field
Where to vote today in ManchesterPolls for today’s primary will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Webster School (Auditorium)
2519 Elm St.
Hillside Middle School
112 Reservoir Avenue
Carol M. Rines Center
Use Rear Entrance - Not Elm St. Entrance
1528 Elm St.
550 Lowell St.
Beech St. School
333 Beech St.
St. Pius CCD Center
Candia Road and Sarto Street
St. Anthony Community Center
148 Belmont St.
Memorial High School
One Crusader Way
Bishop O’Neil Youth Center
30 South Elm St.
223 James Pollock Drive
99 Sullivan St.
Northwest Elementary School
300 Youville St.
City primaries have historically had low turnout, although this election will be closely watched after the 2011 primary hit an all-time low, with only 4,868 of the city’s 52,483 registered voters — 8 percent — casting ballots. This primary may generate more interest than 2011 because there is city-wide race for mayor, and the two leading candidates, Alderman Patrick Arnold and incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas, have engaged in a heated campaign. The third candidate is community activist Glenn RJ. Ouellette.
The primary today also features more races than 2011, when there were six contested alderman and school board seats. This year, there are 26 candidates competing in nine races.
The race with the most candidates is in Ward 9. Incumbent Alderman Barbara Shaw is being challenged by Timothy Sawyer, Russell Spaulding and Victoria Sullivan.Voters in Ward 12 will also choose among alderman and school board candidates. Christine Duffley, Joel Elber and Constance “Connie” VanHouten are vying for the school board seat, which was given up by Roger Beauchamp so he could run for alderman. He’s being challenged in that race by political veterans Keith Hirschmann and Dick Marston.
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