Manchester Dems Field Strong Candidates for '07

MANCHESTER – The Manchester City Democrats announced Monday that 92 Democrats have filed to run for office in this year's city elections, outpacing Republican filings by a two-to-one margin.
Registered Democrats have already secured victories in 37 of the 90 positions on the ballot this year because Republicans failed to field candidates.
"We are proud to support a wealth of great candidates up and down the ballot," said City Democratic Committee Chair Chris Pappas. "The incredible number of Democrats that have filed for office this year is a testament to the strength of our party and its commitment to the democratic process."
This year, there are five candidates challenging Frank Guinta for mayor, including Democrats Jane Beaulieu and Tom Donovan.
"Frank Guinta has failed the test of leadership and is now finding opposition from across party lines," Pappas said. "The people of Manchester are ready for a new mayor that can bring people together to tackle the important issues facing our city. The message from Republicans, Democrats and independents alike is clear: Frank Guinta has broken his promises and he must go.  The Democratic Party is eager to make it a smooth transition for him."
In the race for control of the Board of Aldermen, eight incumbent Democrats have filed for re-election. Aldermen Mike Lopez, Dan O'Neil, Mark Roy, Pat Long, Ed Osborne, William Shea, Betsi DeVries and George Smith are all in a strong position to continue their important work on the board. Democratic Alderman Jerome Duval has decided to give up his seat in Ward 4 in order to run at-large.
New Democrats entering the race for alderman this year include retired firefighter James Roy in Ward 4, State Rep. Jesse Martineau in Ward 9, school board member Russ Ouellette in Ward 11, and corrections officer Ron Boisvert and former school board member Kelly Domaingue both running in Ward 12.
In the race for the two at-large School Board seats the Republicans failed to recruit a single candidate.  Incumbents Kathy Kelley and Debra Langton as well as challengers Wendy Garrity and Mike Reuschel are Democrats.
School Board incumbent Democrats Bob Leonard, Seumas Regan, Katherine Labanaris, Donna Soucy, Dave Gelinas and Arthur Beaudry are joined by newcomers Joyce Craig, Tom Katsiantonis, Sean McGorry, Steve Dolman and Jonathan Cote.
"The Democrats running for office this year represent a healthy mix of experienced leadership and fresh faces, and they're all gearing up for a vigorous campaign," Pappas said.