Now that the election is over and the lawn signs will start to disappear it’s important to know your re-elected and newly elected leaders. Election day changed the political landscape in Bristol. The City Council is split in half by party affiliation and with Ken Cockayne winning the Mayoral race, it gives the GOP an upper hand.
Another milestone is that two women will now be on the Council. This triumph has never been seen in City history.
The City also elected its youngest newcomer. Calvin Brown easily won a 1st District Council seat and is the first person to be elected at 21 y/o. Eric Carlson was also able to retain his Council seat for two more years.
In the 2nd District both incumbents Henri Martin and Richard J Miecznikowski won by a wide margin.
In the 3rd District newcomer Mary Fortier and not so new Ellen Zoppo-Sassu took over the District.
In the Mayoral race Ken Cockayne won by a narrow margin. Cockayne has been on the Council since 2007.
The most eye-catching numbers showed 46 of 150 participating voters were undecided when they walked into the polls. Of those undecided voters 29 voted for Cockayne and 17 for Wilson.
Also, when asked what their most pressing issues were 80% said downtown revitalization, 10% taxes and 10% blight.
Now that the election is over the new group of leaders will have to face a large number of issues. However, Bristol’s center will take up a large chuck of the issues. In the coming months the revitalization of the City center will be a main focus.
Renaissance Downtowns is currently looking for financing from private investors and possible state and federal support.
Blight was also a huge campaign issue and City leaders will have to work together to combat the growing problem.
Another problem to tackle is Bristol’s image problem. The marketing firm the City hired will soon present their finding and recommendations.
The newly elected group of leaders will hold their first Council meeting on next Tuesday. Stay tunes!