To the Editor:
You are Choosing a mayor Not a friend... I want to express my sincerest thank you to Mayor Zoppo as well as the City Council Members. To me it has always been clear that you love this city. You have taken your role seriously and have sacrificed a lot for this community. You have always done what you believe is right for our city. Individually and as a group you have protected this city and made it better.
Being Mayor is definitely not a 9-to-5 position and people willing to take it on should be appreciated for the effort and time commitments involved. You and your team have done a great job making Bristol better. You have led by example and have earned respect of many. You have operated at a level of transparency which many appreciate. You have led this City effectively.
From community United Way's Food Distribution, ARPA Produce Box Distribution, summer concert, breakfasts, fundraisers, neighboring cities and officials, meetings with the Governor, etc. Not to mention taking care of yourself, your home and family, your own energy and health, goes without saying.
My interpretation of a mayor is a person that would be available to citizens for the most part for (at least) a 40-hour workweek at City Hall and would carry out responsibilities of an elected mayor – not for the purpose of name only.
The fact is that for most of us, the person you elect as mayor will affect your day-to-day life more than any politician you send to Washington, D.C. Does your street need fixing? Is there a strange odor or color coming from your tap water? Are the buses always running late? Is a nearby abandoned building becoming an eyesore? Do your police officers have a high level of training and equipment?
Usually it’s the mayor’s job to tackle those problems. And I have to say Mayor Zoppo, you have tackled these problems and so much more. It's easy for someone to come in and say they are going to do this and that, but it's so much more than that. When someone writes you have done nothing for our city, it's obvious they haven't done their homework or even looked around to see the changes.
Born and raised in the City of Bristol, I notice changes every day. When you all vote, you are choosing a Mayor not a friend. The Mayor represents the people and therefore the people should vote for the major and not just a few people who have agendas. We each get only so many heart beats in this life and that you have given so many of yours in service of this city is remarkable and inspiring. Thank you.