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October 13. 2013 12:22AM

Gatsas, Arnold to meet in first debate in Manchester mayoral race

MANCHESTER - Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Patrick Arnold will face off this week in the first of three debates before Election Day.

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.

Robin Comstock, president and CEO of the chamber, will moderate the debate, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

The final 15 minutes of the one-hour debate will be set aside for the candidates to field questions from the audience.

Tickets for Chamber of Commerce members are $25, tickets for non-members are $35.

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.

Gatsas, a Republican who is seeking a third term, led all candidates in the September primary with 55 percent of the vote.

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.

For tickets, go to www.manchester-chamber.org.


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