MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Saturday, former Alderman and mayoral candidate Patrick Arnold addressed the Manchester Democratic Committee during its annual meeting and election at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Drawing upon the Democratic tradition of a healthy discourse of ideas, Alderman Arnold called for several debates among the Democratic candidates for mayor this year. “Let’s discuss the challenges we face as a city. Let’s debate what works and what doesn’t,” Arnold said. Following his remarks, Arnold urged party officials to take an active role in organizing such debates.
Describing “obstacles to progress” as the legacy of the current administration, Arnold criticized a complacency with the status quo. “This year’s race for mayor will be about which candidate is likeliest to move us beyond business as usual,” Arnold said. “It’s easy to just talk about failed policies. It’s hard to do the work necessary to change them,” Arnold continued, referencing his own record of challenging Mayor Ted Gatsas’ failed policies in 2013. Arnold reminded the crowd that persuading 472 people is what separated Manchester from new leadership in the 2013 election.
Arnold also noted that a growing number of Manchester residents feel disengaged from local elected leaders. “We need a mayor who goes to every ward in the city and listens to those whose voices are not being heard…. who feel as though they don’t matter. In Manchester, every voice matters,” Arnold continued. Arnold has previously disclosed to party officials that his campaign will be hosting house parties and listening tours in every ward of the city.
Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.