Mayor Art Ward is talking now, beginning with a moment of silence for the troops.
He said he tried to coax from both the comptroller and attorney general which of them would run for governor, but neither took the bait.
Ward said they've both been good friends to Bristol.
He said Jenna Connelly did an outstanding job singing.
His seven grandchildren led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance earlier. He thanked them.
Ward said that his wife Pat's patience and support, "I would not be able to do this."
The mayor also thanked every candidate. "Whether they won or whether they lost is not relevant."
He hailed the high caliber of the campaign this year.
"The task before us is going to be challenging," the mayor said.
"Tonight is a night to be positive," Ward said, "and I truly beleive that together, we will be able to move Bristol forward."
He said new businesses are moving in, existing businesses expanding and companies hiring.
Depot Square has attracted interest.
Many road projects are underway and other projects may happen soon.
"We have plans on the way for a brand new Boys Club," Ward said.
He pointed to Tunxis plans for an expanding downtown campus, schools that provide a model.
"We have a future here in the city of Bristol," Ward said, "as long as we come together in a bipartisan fashion."
The manner and respect of election show that officials "can do this," Ward said. "We must do this."
He's reading awfully fast.
Ward is thanking everyone for the opportunity to serve a second term "as your mayor."
A standing ovation for Ward.
It really is a celebration of democracy here, whatever you think of the results and however true it is that a distressing number of voters didn't bother to participate this year.
Tne new officials who are men have white carnations pinned to their sujits and dresses. The women have a red, white and blue ribbons, baby's breath and a white carnation.
And, after a rousing rendition of "God Bless American," it's over.
The newly elected administration is walking out. We all will in a few minutes.
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