Manchester will officially have a new mayor after the upcoming election in August.
Thunder Radio News has learned that sitting Manchester Mayor Marilyn Howard will not seek another term.
“It is official. I am NOT running for re-election,” Howard told Thunder Radio News. “I held up my hand and took the oath of office and swore before God and man that I would serve to the best of skills and ability. I know this is the right choice for me. I will work as hard as I can to finish my term but I feel this is my time to pass the torch to someone else and I have SO much peace about it. Thank you for all the support you have given me and the prayers for my decision. I know that God has great plans for this city and His hand will guide the next mayor, whoever that is to be.”
Howard was a sitting alderman (and vice mayor) in 2020 when she was appointed interim Mayor by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after the passing of Mayor Lonnie Norman in October.
Howard filled that vacancy per city charter – which was until the next regular election.
Howard ran unopposed and won a two-year term in August of 2022. Her term will expire in August of this year.