For those who saw the mailing today, here's the whole story from Feb. 24, 2005:
Deputy mayor to miss another downtown revitalization session
By STEVE COLLINS, The Bristol Press
BRISTOL -- When Deputy Mayor Art Ward announces his intention to seek a seventh term on the City Council at a fund-raiser tonight, he’ll be missing his 19th consecutive session of the city’s Project Committee that’s planning the downtown revitalization project.
"I plan on making the next one," Ward said Tuesday.
Ward said his re-election fund-raiser at Nuchies has been scheduled for three or four months, long before officials scheduled the Project Committee session for the same time.
Ward, who works as a veteran’s counselor for the state, said he couldn’t attend any of the downtown panel’s meetings last year because they were held at 9 a.m. and he couldn’t miss work for them.
This year, however, the committee is holding its monthly meetings at 6 p.m. so Ward and others can attend more easily.
But last month Ward skipped the Project Committee meeting to attend the initial session of a new Neighborhood Watch group in his district.
And this week he’s going to pass up another meeting so he can host the $50-a-person fund-raiser that kicks off his campaign.
Ward is the second councilor to indicate formally that he’s seeking re-election this year.
Councilor Al Myers, who represents the 3rd District, has already said he is running again.
But political insiders said they have little doubt that all six of the incumbent councilors are going to seek another term.
Ward is by far the most senior member of the council.
Now in his 12th year as a part-time councilor -- the deputy mayor designation is an honorary title that Mayor Gerard Couture handed out to him last year -- he’s been in office eight years longer than any other council member.
Ward’s fund-raiser is slated for 5 to 7:30 p.m.
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