Statement by Mayor Frank Guinta on Mayor-elect Ted Gatsas's victory; passage of the spending cap

MANCHESTER (November 3, 2009) – “I want to congratulate Ted Gatsas on his victory in his race to become Mayor of Manchester. I also want to congratulate the voters of Manchester on passing the spending cap. In both cases, the voters made a strong statement in support of fiscal responsibility.”

 “Ted ran a great race, in which he stuck to the issues that matter to city residents. He was extremely available to the voters and kept the tone of the race positive. It was a winning formula and I am glad he ran that type of race. In these difficult economic times, Ted distinguished himself by discussing economic issues and how continuing on a course of fiscal responsibility was right for Manchester.”

 “I am equally excited that the voters of Manchester supported the spending cap initiative. Not only does passing the cap tell our elected officials that Manchester citizens will not tolerate unnecessary spending, but also that concerned citizens can make a difference. The grass-roots effort to get this on the ballot and supported by voters faced many obstacles. However, the message was a strong one and, moving forward, the spending cap will be a positive for the city.”

 “It is important that I give a word of thanks to Mark Roy, who also ran a great race. His six years of service will be missed in City Hall, though I have no doubt that Mark will continue to work toward a better Manchester. I would also like to congratulate the new members of the Board of Aldermen and the Board of School Committee. The next two years will be challenging, but I believe that this group will do their best to address these concerns and move the city forward.”

 “I extend a hand to the Mayor-elect and his staff as I expect that we will work on a smooth transition. During the next two months, the Mayor’s Office staff and I will be available to assist in the transition, culminating with Inauguration Day on January 5, 2010.”