Gatsas, Arnold to meet in first debate in Manchester mayoral race
The debate Wednesday morning is sponsored by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, which listed economic development, crime, public safety and education among the topics to be discussed at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
The final 15 minutes of the one-hour debate will be set aside for the candidates to field questions from the audience.
Gatsas and Arnold are scheduled for a second debate, sponsored by the Manchester Youth Advisory Council, on Oct. 30 and a third meeting on a date to be determined the weekend before the election, which is Nov. 5.
Arnold was second with 40 percent, a much stronger showing than many anticipated for the two-term alderman challenging the veteran incumbent. Gatsas was a five-term alderman from Ward 2 and state senator before taking office as mayor in 2010.