Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta
For Immediate Release, July 25th, 2006
Contact: Craig Smith (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870
Mayor invites DNC Chairman to Manchester to witness New Hampshire’s diversity firsthand
Manchester- Manchester Mayor Frank C. Guinta today took exception with the claims by some members of the Democratic National Committee that New Hampshire is not a diverse state.
"After hearing the persistent claims in the media by members of the DNC that New Hampshire is not a diverse state, I cannot sit idle and let these erroneous statements go unchallenged," Guinta said. "Manchester is an enormously diverse city and is becoming more so by the day. Such claims by the DNC are a slap in the face to Manchester’s growing multi-cultural community."
In response to these distorted claims, Mayor Guinta issued a letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, inviting him to visit Manchester before the full committee meets in August.
"On behalf of the people of Manchester, I have invited Governor Dean back to Manchester to refresh his memory about how diverse the city is, and to remind him how important the first in the nation primary is to us."
Hon. Howard Dean
C/o Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Dear Governor Dean,
On behalf of the people of Manchester, New Hampshire, I would like to invite you to come back to our city to meet with myself and other city officials to discuss Manchester’s growing diversity. I have been very disheartened over the past few months in reading the media accounts of the constant claims by members of your committee that New Hampshire is not diverse enough to hold such a prominent position in the Presidential primary schedule. Such claims are an outright insult to Manchester’s growing multicultural community.
Manchester is not the same city that it was decades ago. As you may know, Manchester is a small city that is quickly on the rise. The rapid expansion of our economy and population has brought with it a great deal of new settlement. We now have an enormous amount of cultures represented in our community, including a number of ethnicities represented among our elected officials and an extensive refugee and immigrant population. We are extremely proud of our diversity and various heritages.
I challenge you to take some time before the full Democratic National Committee meets in August, and visit Manchester. Meet with the leaders of our various communities, visit our neighborhoods, and stop by some of our ethnic stores and restaurants. After doing so, you will see that Manchester and the New Hampshire of today are not the same places being spoken of by some members of your committee.
I urge you to take this opportunity to experience all that today’s Manchester has to offer.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Frank C. Guinta
Mayor, Manchester, NH