BRISTOL - Democratic Town Council member David Preleski has announced his intentions to run for re-electionl, citing his financial background and efforts to reach across the aisle to produce results.
Preleski, who is serving his first term on the council, has a background that includes commercial and residential real estate. He has an undergraduate degree in finance, a law degree and a master’s degree in economics. He was also a banker for 20 years. Having grown up and raised a family in Bristol, Preleski said he got into local politics after following many critical, financial-oriented issues “very closely.”
“My biggest concerns are what we are doing with our downtown, Memorial Boulevard School and the budget,” he said. “The city is in great shape financially, but it is under some stresses, especially concerning the state budget and municipal reimbursement. We need someone with a business background to solve these issues.”
Preleski said that he has been very active with downtown revitalization efforts and that Mayor Ken Cockayne put him on the Bristol Development Authority Board.
“I oversaw the hospital contract and was intimately involved in that process,” he said. “I played a helpful role when we got down to negotiating the deal. I reached across the aisle and talked to my Republican colleagues as much as the Democrats. We’re all on the same team and now that we’ve got our first bite at the apple we have to do this right. ”
Bristol’s strengths, Preleski said, are that “we have great people living here.”
“Bristol has good neighborhoods where kids go to schools, go to churches and shop together,” he said. “It’s a great place to raise a family. Mark Thomas, our marketing director, said that Bristol is a hidden gem. We have great parks, a great hospital, great revenues and an outstanding police and fire department.”
One of Bristol’s biggest challenges, Preleski said, is being able to “change the perception” of the city.
“People like to complain from the cheap seats but I say why not come down and talk to us about your problems so we can work on them?” he said. “We need to convince our residents that Bristol is competitive with every city and town around us. We want to attract businesses and we want to invest in Bristol so that young professionals want to live here and buy houses.”
Preleski encouraged residents to support his re-election because of his approach.
“I’d like to think of myself as a bipartisan consensus builder,” he said. “I take an intelligent approach and I put facts over politics.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.