Open letter from city Councilor-elect David Mills:
Thank you from Dave Mills
As a newcomer to politics, I must say it has been a very interesting three months. I have met so many interesting people and visited areas of the city .I truly got to witness first hand what a wonderful city we have. There are areas of town that compare with the best of the state where people take pride in their homes, thus creating fantastic neighborhoods. The experience reinforced my preconceptions of what Bristol is, and has given me the inspiration to try to insure that all of Bristol should reach its potential to become an even greater place to live, work and raise a family.
Achieving the position of City Councilman, has taken a concerted team effort from many people that I am fortunate to have in my life. Our goal was to get out a positive message about Bristol, and not use “Party politics” to influence the voters. Our message was Bristol First, and everyone connected with my campaign was always on message. Our belief was that although outnumbered by the opposition by a wide margin, the voters want everyone to work together for the common good. People want the city to succeed more than any political party, so this was the premise of my campaign.
I would like to thank all the people that took the time to do their civic duty and got out to vote and to all my fellow candidates, from both political parties, for putting forth the effort to create a choice for the voters. I appreciate all the financial backers that in this tough economy contributed their hard earned money, to enable each candidate to get their name out into the community. To all the workers that make this process work, a job well done.
I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge the efforts of my campaign team: Jack Hines, my campaign manager for his Herculean efforts on my behalf. His unique ability to converse with people, his integrity, and influence in the community, proved to be invaluable; Treasurer, Dan Theriault, along with my wife, JoAnn, who conscientiously took great care to follow the campaign finance rules; Hank Lodge, for all his work on my website, brochures ,and other materials needed to get my message out;Brian Farrell, for his expertise of the online networking tool, and innovative ideas and suggestions on fundraising; Art Macobee, for assisting with the how to and offering suggestions for achieving the position.
I also need to thank Bob Montgomery, Brett Quinion, Margaret Levesque, Fred Wilk, Mike Morin, John Fasolo, Rita Elliott, John Mills, Steve Mills and his family Stacy Rivoira, Aliana Rivoira, Emily Riviora, Jen Lishness, Lindsay Vigue, Bob Kalat, Jerry and Larry Burns, Henry Raymond, TJ Barnes, Gary Schaffrick and all the Republican enthusiasts. I thank all my friends and family for their support and inspiration.
I realize, I have a daunting task ahead. We must address the problems facing the city. With every one of our elected officials working together for the common good, I believe we can achieve the goal of making Bristol the great city it should be. I will promise that every decision I make will be preceded by” What is best for Bristol?”
Let’s all get to work and make the next two years the best they can be. We need to develop the WIN philosophy, i.e. What’s Important Now.
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