To the Editor:
Admittedly, I have only known Josh Medeiros for a short time. I met him July 24th when he was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee to run for City Council in the 1st District. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to spend some time with him and have some conversations about his reasons for entering this race, his credentials for a City Council role, and most importantly his vision for Bristol.
I encourage all voters, regardless of party affiliation, to reach out to Josh with questions. I have known him to be very accessible.
His reasons for entering the race are quite simple. He is young, energetic, and he wants to lead Bristol in a better direction than we have been going of late. The resounding message he sends me is that he wants to put politics aside and work with all City Councilors and the mayor, listen to what the citizens of Bristol want, and finally get things done with Downtown, Memorial Boulevard School, and so many of the other “quality of life” projects going on in Bristol.
As for his credentials, his book smarts are obvious - earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration. His awards are impressive - R. Peter Ledger Young Professional of the Year (Connecticut Award, 2015) and Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award (National Award, 2017) to name a few. In addition, over a decade of public service to Bristol, Groton, Colchester and Canton makes him, in my eyes, an ideal candidate for City Council.
Finally, his vision for Bristol is something I can get on board with. Again, I will mention his desire to get moving on downtown development and the MBS Project. But there is more that Josh is passionate about, like providing resources for high quality education for our children and maintaining and improving city services while keeping taxes down.
As voters in the 1st District we owe it to ourselves to support Josh in his bid for a City Council position. We have to get this right on Election Day. Bristol’s short-term and long-term success depends on our next City Council and their ability to work across party lines to get things done. Josh is ready for this task.