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About Jim

Jim Mara, a proud native of Manchester's west side, has deep roots in the community. Having attended Parker-Varney, Parkside, and graduated from Manchester High School West, he returned with his family to Ward 10, located just half a mile from his childhood home. Motivated by a strong desire to serve the residents of Ward 10, Jim has decided to run for alderman.

Growing up as the youngest of six children in a family led by Trudy and Bob Mara, Jim was raised with a strong emphasis on character and a strong work ethic. His parents, dedicated and nurturing individuals, instilled in him the value of selfless service to others.

Trudy, an exceptional individual, exemplified rare levels of determination and dedication. She skillfully managed her household and showcased her remarkable culinary talents by regularly hosting Sunday meals for her six children and later for her fourteen grandchildren. Trudy's unwavering commitment to her family was evident as she consistently went above and beyond to assist others without expecting anything in return.

Bob, a distinguished U.S. Marine and a veteran of the Korean War, belonged to the esteemed group known as the Chosen Few. After his retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, he later retired from Citizens Bank, where he worked in the mail room. Bob's infectious sense of humor and resilience were admired qualities he shared with others. Alongside his dedication to volunteering at the church, he wholeheartedly embraced his family life and readily extended a helping hand to neighbors in need.

These remarkable traits bestowed upon Jim by his parents have fostered within him a desire to help others for the sake of doing what is right. He believes in the moral responsibility to support others in their pursuit of success.

With 27 years of experience as a music educator, Jim possesses a deep understanding of the importance of respect among all stakeholders in overcoming challenges, adapting to changes, and facing adversity. As a music teacher, photographer and musician, he recognizes the significance of arts education and is committed to promoting the arts while supporting the exceptional educators in Manchester.

Reflecting on the city's past, Jim recalls a time in the late 1980s when Manchester faced significant challenges. The mills stood mostly empty, downtown lacked vitality, and there was limited potential for economic growth. As a high school senior at West, Jim participated in a forum that brought together students, teachers, business owners, and community leaders to discuss the future of Manchester. Numerous innovative ideas were presented that day, many of which became reality, including topics like a baseball stadium, a concert arena, and downtown revitalization. On that day, Jim privately pledged to return to his hometown and serve its people in any capacity possible.

Today, Manchester requires dedicated leadership committed to serving all its residents. The city has faced negative press fueled by issues such as drug use, homelessness, and crime, which are unfortunately prevalent in many American cities. However, Jim firmly believes in proactive measures rather than reactive responses to address these challenges.

Jim eagerly seeks to collaborate with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to promote the city's beauty, culture, and local businesses. Manchester should become a desirable destination for all and a shining example of life in the Granite State. Ensuring the safety of residents walking through neighborhoods and downtown areas is crucial. Together, the community can uplift and support all who call Manchester their home.

The time for action is now, and the choice lies with the citizens. Jim Mara is running for alderman in Ward 10, and he kindly requests your vote to contribute to the betterment of the community.

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