Republican mayoral candidate John Gill said that Bristol's new direction needs to include taking greater advantage of the talents its citizens have and better marketing of the city.
He said Bristol has "a pretty good job base," nice parks and recreational facilities and more that could help draw new businesses and people to town.
"What we need to do is draw attention to the positives the city has," Gill said Wednesday night.
He said that one of the problems the city has is that "there's a lot of bickering" and infighting at City Hall.
One reason for that, he said, is "there's a lot of retreads" who have been there for a long time.
Too many of them are "afraid to take a step forward and let go of what was," Gill said.
He said he's disturbed that so many projects, such as the Roberts property recreation complex, are debated but never finished.
Gill said he would impose "an organic and sustainable" plan to bring some of the projects to fruition.
"Everything has to be done in an orderly fashion," Gill said.
One way to make it happen, he said, is to draw on the talents of residents who have been left out for too long.
"People should have a voice. People need to be heard," Gill said.
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