The Roundup sent questionnaires to every candidate for this year’s municipal election. In an effort to properly inform voters, their answers are unedited. The goal is to give the candidates the opportunity to offer their thoughts on issues directly to their constitutes. In return, it gives voters the opportunity to formulate their own decisions on what they have to say.
What are your most pressing issues?
Economic development, Center Square, Memorial Boulevard project
How do you feel about Bristol’s marketing efforts, what would you suggest?
They have continued to improve. Justin Malley, Mark Thomas and marketing committee have outlined a plan that they are following. Need to focus on schools, parks, public safety, financial stability, relatively inexpensive housing stock, parks, youth activities
How do your thoughts and ideas differ from your opponent(s)?
Don’t know what their thoughts are.
What are your thoughts on Bristol Hospital purchasing a portion of the former mall site? Will it help revitalize downtown?
It will be a catalyst for further development. It will broaden the tax base, bring people downtown, and is a piece of the downtown puzzle.
What is your position on moving City Hall?
I do not want to spend multi-millions of dollars on that facility. If that is the plan, take that money and move City Hall to the Boulevard location or 10 Main St.
Will you support a tax increase if it’s the last resort?
We may have no choice if the state does not provide the necessary funds. Bristol is in great financial condition and may be able to move some funds instead of a tax increase.
What is your stance on crime in Bristol?
Police have done a good job reacting and preventing crime. We do have an opiod problem that needs to be addressed, but the city is safe.
Is social media helping or hurting Bristol at the moment?
Social media does both. It does allow for information to be readily available, but also allows anyone to say anything without restraints.
The city has made some progress and the next year will see an explosion of activity. With construction on the new medical building, decisions made on Memorial Boulevard and hopefully construction starting there, other parcels being developed on Center Square, to name the major ones. We can continue to attract new business, cultivate the current employers, improve the schools and parks, plant more trees in the city. These are things I would like to see happen. It will be a great year for Bristol and a bright future.