Ellen Zoppo-Sassu to lead Dem ticket: candidates announced


Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, who once challenged former mayor Art Ward for the Democratic nod as mayoral candidate, is stepping up to the plate again this year.

Zoppo-Sassu was selected by the Democratic Town Committee as the party’s candidate for mayor in November. She will be facing incumbent mayor, Republican Ken Cockayne.

In addition, two of the party’s council incumbents will seek reelection in November: first district councilor Calvin Brown and third district council Mary Fortier.

Also in the third district, where Zoppo-Sassu, was the incumbent, the Democrats will be putting up town committee member Bob Passamo.

Other council candidates are:

First district: Mayra Sampson.

Second district: Morris “Rippy” Patton and Attorney David Preleski.

Additionally, the town committee announced its school board candidates.

Incumbents seeking reelection are: Tom O’Brien, Karen Vibert, Karen Hintz, and Christopher Wilson. Newcomers seeking election are Town Committee member Tina Taylor, and newcomer Joseph Grabowski.

The Board of Assessment  Appeals candidates are incumbent Shirley Salvatore and Democratic Town Committee member Rich Harlow.

Dean Kilbourne, the party chairman said in a press release: “Our candidates are devoted to representing Bristol with respect and fiscal responsibility while providing excellent services, and not allowing our city’s charm to be stored on a shelf. We have the leadership to bring our city back to the people in a caring and considerate manner. We will earn our votes and never underappreciate the constituents of our city.”

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