BRISTOL — Democrats won big in Bristol and across the State. Ellen Zoppo-Sassu will be the new Mayor of Bristol and also five Democrats on the Council. The one Republican is well-liked former Bristol Eastern athletics teacher, Dave Mills.
DTC Chairman Dean Kilbourne told a packed — and energized — crowd at the Bristol Polish Club “Tonight, Bristol has made history. We have elected our first female Mayor.”
Zoppo-Sassu said “I think all we can say is that the people have spoken.” Zoppo-Sassu crushed incumbent Ken Cockayne by a 3-2 ratio.
Cockayne told a crowd of supports “Thank you everyone, it’s been a great run. I set up my opponent for the next two years. She can sit back and enjoy the ride because we did all the hard work.”
Also voted out were Council incumbents Anthony D’Amato and Jodi Zils-Gagne.
Council members voted in were:
Democrats Greg Hahn and Josh Medeiros in the First District.
Democrats David Preleski and Peter Kelley in the Second District.
Republican David Mills and Democrat Mary Fortier in the Third District.
Republican Thomas Barnes was also re-elected as city treasurer.
As of Monday, the city had 14,024 unaffiliated voters, 12,740 Democrats, 6,911 Republicans and 605 people registered with other parties.