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Three contenders vie to become the next mayor of Concord, N.H.

The city’s filing period closed on Monday, and so far three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the nonpartisan office. More candidates could join them if they gather signatures and file with a petition by Friday. By Amanda Gokee Globe Staff, Updated September 19, 2023, 6:02 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s capital city is looking for its next mayor, after longtime Mayor Jim Bouley announced in August he wouldn’t seek reelection after serving for 16 years. The city’s filing period closed on Monday, and so far three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the nonpartisan office. More candidates could join them if they gather signatures and file with a petition by Friday. ... Kate West, who is a 33-year-old single mom, said her lived experience informs her platform, setting her apart from other candidates and those who have previously held the office. She was unhoused for several months and as a result lost her seat as a school board member. From West’s perspective, that illustrates the barriers people from different backgrounds face when it comes to participating in city government.

She said she wants to make government accessible to everyone and that she’ll bring a new perspective to the office. She said she’s workshopping the slogan, “My mayor rides the bus.” “I do and therefore I know that the bus route doesn’t run on the weekends and how that impacts someone that needs transportation, if they need to get grocery shopping done,” she said.

There’s no bus stop in front of the Department of Health and Human Services where people go to apply for food stamps, and the bus doesn’t run when city council meetings are happening, West said. Those are barriers she’d like to address.

She also wants to focus on more affordable housing and cultural competency education in the city. She was born in Concord and works at the Capitol Center for the Arts as a front of house operations manager.


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The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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