Businessman Craig Yarde just sent this along:
To the Citizens of Bristol,
When I woke up this morning I looked at the election results and I went one for two. "Obama Won"- that's the big won. A Change For The Future. Where I struck out was the COO referendum question Number 5. It's a great country where you can express your views openly. It's also a great community we have here in Bristol. Since I started this mess, I want to thank the eight thousand eight hundred citizens who voted " Yes For The COO ". It's obvious that the majority of citizens did not want the COO, but I think through this democratic process most now realize the Mayor needs more support to help him and the council with a daunting amount of job responsibilities. Art's a extremely popular Mayor and will be around for a long time. I just hope he and the council does the proper analysis to access the work load and management responsibilities before they hire a couple of part timers. I got bloodied up the last eight months but that's part of the process of change. Thanks
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