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My family has been in Bristol for almost 200 years

First Congregational Church, Bristol CT.

I grew up in Bristol. My family has been here for almost 200 years. We were active members of the Congregational Church and I graduated from BEHS where I was President of Concert Choir and sang in Madrigals.

As a young adult, I was involved with Civic Theatre and I was a soloist with Al Gentile’s Orchestra. I worked as an Admin for Mark Lamos at the Hartford Stage Company and for the CEO of the Kennedy Center in Washington.

So Bristol and the Arts are important to me. My husband and I raised our children near Austin, Texas, which is known for its emphasis on the Arts.

We visited Bristol every other year so our kids could see their grandparents and get to know CT.

With each visit, I became more chagrined to see local businesses had closed their doors. Downtown began to look derelict.

Our children are now grown and educated and my husband and I have made plans to move back to Bristol for our retirement years. And when I look around I see there are parts of the City I would not visit at night. The Bristol I know is becoming a faint memory with no compelling Plan to revive it.

I’ve recently become aware of the present Mayor’s ‘#MeToo‘ ‘proclivities’ as well as an ‘absentee’ Councilman who are running for re-election.

This is why I support Greg Hahn, Josh Medeiros and Ellen Zoppo-Sassu for the Office of City Council and Mayor. All are educated, intelligent, caring people with a plan to revive our town.

They have no scandal attached to them and are all people who set goals and achieve them. Greg in particular, has plans to revive downtown with emphasis on the Arts, Restaurants and Family Activities. These are excellent, achievable goals. On November 7th, please VOTE for them.

Melissa Balsam
Cedar Park, TX
(soon to be Bristol)

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