YOUR VIEW: Councilor, stepping down, offers endorsements

Published on Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:28
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To the Editor:

Last week, I sat at the last regular City Council meeting of my tenure. As my time on the council winds to a close, I wanted to say “thank you” to the citizens of Bristol that have allowed me to serve my hometown in municipal government over these last four years. Being your city councilor has been a privilege.

Before I leave office, I wanted to take a moment to offer my endorsement for the candidates vying to replace me on the council, and share with you who I hope will be our next mayor. These are the candidates that can best serve the people of Bristol going forward. I hope you will cast your vote for them on Nov. 7.

First, I encourage you to cast one of your two council votes for Josh Medeiros. Josh is a young and energetic professional with experience in municipal government. As a former employee of the Bristol Parks Department, and the current director of the Parks and Rec Department in Canton, Josh has a breadth of knowledge on how to provide good public services. Josh’s experience with public administration is something that is sorely lacking in current municipal government. Josh also has a PhD in educational leadership, so you can count on him to be an advocate for our schools and young families - which is always needed in City Hall.

Second, I encourage you to cast your other vote for City Council for Greg Hahn. I got to know Greg working on the Memorial Boulevard issue during my first term. Greg is not only a leader in the Bristol Brass & Wind Ensemble, but a leader in business as well. Not only will Greg be a voice for the arts on the council, Greg will also bring his skills with strategic planning and project management to help facilitate critical projects and be a good steward of taxpayer resources. Greg is the fiscally responsible choice for City Council, with the strong vision and moral character necessary to effectively serve the people.

Lastly, please join me in voting for Ellen Zoppo-Sassu for mayor. Over this past term, all six of us on the council have spent too much time trying to sort through the mayor’s drama and reckless behavior. While it has given us a chance to cooperate and bond as a council, it has also been costly and embarrassing to our great city. Bristol deserves so much better. We need a mayor who knows how to act like an adult and separate the personal from the professional. Ellen is a great public servant who has spent this entire campaign being positive and issue focused. Ellen’s platform statements on youth engagement, opioid addiction, and energy conservation prove that she has the vision to lead this city, save money for taxpayers, and move Bristol into the 21st century. If you care about maintaining property values while still holding the line on taxes, then voting for Ellen is the clear choice. I hope you’ll join me in casting your vote for Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

As for me, I am looking forward to finishing my Master’s degree, furthering my professional career, and getting married next fall. Although I may no longer be a City Councilor come November 13 (when the new council will be sworn in), please know that I am still available to assist you and advocate for you if you need anything. I am so proud to call Bristol my home and to call you my neighbor.

Calvin Brown

City Council – District 1



Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:28. Updated: Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:30.