BRISTOL – Sebastian Panioto recently announced his intent to run as a candidate for City Council representing the first district as a Republican.
“I've worked at ESPN for 16 in production operations,” said Panioto. “I've been a volunteer commissioner on the Bristol Conservation Commission and Inland Wetlands Agency for four years, of which three of the last I've served as secretary.”
Panioto said that within the land use board, he had led initiatives in securing open space for the first district and strengthening pesticide regulations.
“Bristol has a great cohabitation of natural resources among our different neighborhoods and I'd like to continue similar efforts and to raise their profile moving forward,” he said. “We have a difference of policy but we all have the same principles. We all want a quality education system, safe neighborhoods and economic development.”
Panioto said that Bristol has a good opportunity to grow its downtown and that it was important to think about the best approaches for long term success. He said that besides changes brought on by covid to area workers, it was also important to consider that technological disruption has made some aspects of occupying physical space for retail and businesses hard to sustain.
“We need to embrace that and work that into the framework of what a future downtown will look like,” said Panioto.
He continued by saying that cooperation is vital to seeing how downtown development projects will also affect surrounding neighborhoods.
“People vote for who you are but results come from how the council works as a team,” he said. “We may have a difference of policy but we all have the same principles. We all want a quality education system, safe neighborhoods and economic development. Partisanship doesn't have to get in the way of progress. I hear a lot of talk about comparisons to New Britain or West Hartford and those cities have their own set of circumstances. We need to focus on being our own Bristol.”
Panioto said he also felt it was important for residents to be informed of issues discussed at meetings through the form of a newsletter. This newsletter will highlight the bullet points of town issues and what’s been planned for them.
“People are busy but they deserve to know what their elected officials are working on,” he continued. “It’s a minimum we as councilors can do.”