Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bristol Dems Celebrate Incoming State Administration

Last night marked the beginning of new era of growth and success for our State. Our Mayor of Bristol, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, and several other community members attended a celebration honoring our Connecticut public servants, and welcomed the newly-elected administration taking office in the coming days.
L to R: AG-Elect William Tong, Nick Balletto, Lt. Governor-Elect S. Bysewicz, and Treasurer-Elect Shawn Wooden.

Susan Bysewicz and Mayor Ellen Zoppo.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Mayor Zoppo on Face the State

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu appeared on WFSB's Face the State with Dennis House on Sunday, December 9, 2018 to discuss what local leaders want and need from the incoming Lamont administration. 
Left to Right: Steve Everett, Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Nancy Johnson, Sandra Pierog, Dennis House.

Among the topics discussed, Ellen emphasized the importance of thoughtfully addressing the State budget, working to maintain jobs in CT and to bring in new jobs and new employers to our region, and recognizing that "something has to give" when it comes to the financial burdens imposed upon Bristol and other towns by Statewide unfunded regulatory mandates. 

She noted that Bristol has been regionalizing some of its services, which helps save money, and suggested that a State-wide push to regionalize municipal services would result in even greater savings.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mayor Zoppo Urges Voters to Donate to Needy on Election Day

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is hoping voters will help the less fortunate with donations on Election Day.
The Mayor is asking that people bring a canned good item to the polls on Nov. 6, or donate their pocket change, to the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donations are completely optional and are not required to vote.
From the Bristol Press Article:
"St. Vincent DePaul does not have sufficient funding to operate its Winter Overflow Shelter from Dec. 1 through March 1, particularly on those nights that the governor announces that the Extreme Cold Weather Protocol is in effect. Last year, more than 1,800 households in central Connecticut called 2-1-1 seeking emergency shelter or housing support during this same time period....
[O]ver the summer the city also saw a reduction in the number of soup kitchens when the Christian Fellowship Center closed its kitchen on Prospect Street, increasing the demand at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran and Salvation Army soup kitchens, as well as at the Brian’s Angels and Agape House drop-in centers.
The mayor and the city council have been working with the various social service agencies since the summer to ensure that needs are met."

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bristol Democrats Celebrate NAACP Youth Achievement Honorees and Thank Retired Firefighter Floyd at Annual Dinner

On October 27, 2018, Bristol Democrats joined the Bristol NAACP
in Honoring 13 Young Achievers and Celebrating the Career
and Success of Retired Local Firefighter, Dennis Floyd.

From left to right, back row: Councilor Greg Hahn, Sue Hahn, Laura Minor, BOE Member Karen Vibert, BOE Member Chris Wilson, Honoree Sienna Sampson, Former Councilor Mayra Sampson, Councilor Peter Kelley, Keith Lipscomb, Mayor Ellen Zoppo.  From left to right, front row: Laura Bartok, Sarah Sullivan, Rippy Patton, Amy Lipscomb, Honoree Jason Lipscomb, Tina Taylor.

Monday, October 29, 2018

DTC HQ Schedule Week of 10/29/18

It's time to get out the vote!
November 6 is Election Day!
Please come to HQ and join us for some fun and productive work in support of our slate of Democratic Candidates!
10/29/18: HQ Open 5-8 p.m.
10/30/18: HQ Open 1-8 p.m.
10/31/18: HQ Closed            
11/1/18: HQ Open 1-8 p.m.  
11/2/18: HQ Open 5-8 p.m.  
11/3/18: HQ Open 12-4 p.m.
We have lots to do, and there is a job for everyone!
Thank you for your support!!
Candidates for Lt. Governor, Susan Bysiewicz, and for Governor, Ned Lamont,
Accept the Democratic Party Endorsement at the State Convention in May 2018.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Friends and Family Night at DTC HQ 10/24/18! Drinks, Dinner and Democracy!

Dinner is Served!
You do not want to miss our annual DTC Friends and Family Night, where we will get together and fill out postcards to support our candidates!
Candidates will be providing their favorite dishes, and rumor has it that Jack will be making his famous Bourbon Chili and amazing Sangria.
Family Friendly!
The fun starts at 6:00 pm, so come on by and enjoy some food, drink and good times with our neighbors and friends! See you all then!

The Matthews Family always helps out at HQ!  There are jobs
for even the little ones to do!
This motley crew will be at HQ!


DTC Open House October 13th!

It's time to get out the vote! 

November 8, 2022 is election day! 

Bristol Democrats Host Open House at New Headquarters

With less than 30 days to go to the State Election, the Bristol Democrats are hosting an Open House at their new Headquarters on Thursday evening,  October 13th, from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Headquarters is located in the Bristol Plaza on Rt. 6, between 5 Below and The Dollar Tree.  
Congressman John Larson will be attending, as will Greg Hahn, candidate for State Senate - 31st District, Andrew Rasmussen-Tuller, candidate for State Rep - 77th District and Mary Fortier, candidate for State Rep - 79th District.  Statewide candidates have also been invited. 


"We have been getting great walk-in traffic during open HQ hours," stated Democratic Party Chairman Rippy Patton. "People are concerned about the women's right to choose and other issues that have been circulating locally like diversity issues, the almost fumble on Wheeler Health and the cannabis vote." 

"I got involved at the local level because I want our community to embrace everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, race or religion," said DTC volunteer Mel Bee. "The Bristol Democrats are absolutely a big tent and I have felt very welcomed, which is why I am spending time volunteering this year."

"What I am excited about is that we have 3 great local candidates, Mary and Greg had great reputations on the City Council, and Andrew is a hard-working member of the City's Economic Development Commission," said Vice Chair Michael Petosa. "They have both been endorsed by a number of state organizations and labor groups and will represent Bristol's interests well in Hartford."

Members of the public are encouraged to stop in and meet the candidates, have some pizza and refreshments, pick up candidate signs for the statewide and local candidates, fill out an absentee ballot application, and more. For more information, please call the Democratic Headquarters at 860-506-4020.

Congressman Larson Stops By the Farmer's Market for Produce

Congressman John B. Larson (pictured above, left) stopped by the Bristol
Farmers Market on Saturday, October 20, 2018, to talk to voters. 
While he was there, he visited one of our awesome local vendors to pick up
some fresh peppers to make his signature homemade sauce. 
Bon appetit, Congressman!  Come again!

Annual Pasta Dinner a FUN-raising Success!

Our October 18, 2018 Annual Pasta Dinner
was a huge success! 
Thank you to everyone who attended and to all of the wonderful volunteers
who put the time and effort in to creating a lovely evening for all! 
Now we are on our way to victory on November 6, 2018!

Pictured, left to right: Laura Minor, Councilor Josh Medeiros, Brittany Barney Calhoun, Baby Charlotte; Event organizers, Sandra Stafford and Michelle Roalf, selling raffle tickets; Krystal Myers and State Rep. Candidate and former Councilor, Kevin Fuller.

Pictured, left to right: Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Probate Judge Andre Dorval, Democratic Registrar Kevin McCauley, State Senate Candidate and former State Rep. Chris Wright, State Rep. Candidate and former Councilor Kevin Fuller, State Rep. and Candidate for AG William Tong, State Rep. Chris Ziogas, Councilor Dave Preleski, Councilor Greg Hahn, Councilor Josh Medeiros, and Councilor Mary Fortier.

Pictured, left to right: Luke Bronin reminisces with Barbara Tedesco about growing up in Hartford; Mayor Ellen socializes with Kevin Fuller and Krystal Myers; and William Tong, AG Candidate, speaks on the upcoming election, and why putting a Democrat in the AG's office this November is especially critical.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bristol Democrats Lift a Glass in Support of CT Firefighters

From left to right: State Rep Candidate, Kevin Fuller; Bristol firefighter and IAFF Local 773
President, Sean Lennon; and Councilor Greg Hahn lift a glass in support of our professional
Connecticut firefighters, at a benefit for the Welch Uncas Political Action Committee at
Firefly Brewery in Bristol, Connecticut, on October 17, 2018. Also in attendance, but not
pictured here: Councilor Peter Kelley, Councilor Joshua Medeiros, Mayor Ellen Zoppo-
Sassu, and State Representative Chris Ziogas.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chris Ziogas Winning Over Future Voters

Chris Ziogas, State Representative, shown here with Elijah Simmons, is running
for re-election on November 6, 2018.  Chris and Elijah are at the popular Saturday Morning
Farmer's Market in Downtown Bristol, where Chris is winning over future voters, one cupcake at a time. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Bristol Officials Dine Out for a Good Cause

Bristol Officials Enjoy Dinner at the Tip-a-Firefighter Fundraiser, held at Chili's in Bristol, to benefit the Salvation Army, on October 11, 2018.  From left to right: Councilor Peter Kelley; Bristol firefighter and IAFF Local 773 President, Sean Lennon; Councilor Josh Medeiros; Brian Dumelin; Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu; and Bristol police officer, Peter Sassu.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Join Us for Dinner!

Annual Democratic Town Committee Dinner,
October 18!
Come one, come all, to our annual pasta dinner! 
Bristol Polish Club
541 North Main Street, Bristol, CT
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person; $45 for a couple; $10 kids under ten; kids under 6 are free
50/50 and Teacup Raffle with Great Prizes!
Cash Bar
Please RSVP to sandrastafford@comcast.net by 10/14/18 so we can get a head count.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The General Election is November 6, 2018,
and your polling place is open
from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.!

If you need a free ride to the polls

please call Democratic Headquarters
and we will get you there!

860.877.5940 and 860.863.8755 
Please Support our Team of Endorsed Democrats:
Ned Lamont, Governor; Susan Bysewicz, Lt. Governor; William Tong, Attorney General

Candidates and Local Elected Officials engage with local businesses.  Here, at South Street Meet Market.  
Top Row, Left to Right: Ned Lamont, Ellen Zoppo.  Bottom Row, Left to Right: Dave Preleski, 
William Tong, Susan Bysewicz, Peter Kelley, and Chris Ziogas

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bristol Hosts Softball Tournament; Is All About Girl Power

Bristol Mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, had the special honor of delivering the welcome speech at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Eastern Regional Girls’ Softball Tournament, held at the Giamatti Little League Training Center, on July 21, 2018. 

"Bristol is all about Girl Power", said Mayor Zoppo-Sassu, the first female ever to serve as Mayor of the City of Bristol. 

A veteran softball mom, the Mayor encouraged the players and their families to remember that, "while the days are long, the years are short." 

We wish all of the teams the best of luck and hope you enjoy your stay with us!  

 Video credit: Debbie Schur.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bristol DTC Volunteer Day at For Goodness Sake

The Bristol Democratic Town Committee was proud to host a volunteer event at For Goodness Sake, Inc., on June 30, 2018.  

Bryan Dumelin and Josh Medeiros move the heavy stuff.

Many of our members showed up and chipped in, getting dirty and dusty in the FGS warehouse, and helping to foster FGS's worthwhile mission.
FGS is a local non-profit organization that provides direct aid, such as furniture and household goods, to individuals and families who are making the transition from homelessness and crisis situations to independent living. 
FGS accepts donations.  They encourage you to drop off your household items at the warehouse, located at 273 Riverside Avenue in Bristol.  For detailed information about how you can help, check out their website. 

From Left to Right: Laura Minor, Sandy Stafford, Dean Kilbourne, and Chris Wright all working hard.


The Democratic Blue Wave Night Out At The Park!

Join the Democrats for a night of baseball at Muzzy Field, on August 2nd at 6:30 p.m.! 

Wear your Bristol Democratic Town Committee #WhereTheActionIs t-shirt, and show your pride! 

Meet and mingle with your elected officials and this year's candidates! 

More info to come!

Democrats Lead the Charge

Democratic Mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, and our Bristol City Councilors are leading the charge

on improving government efficiency, cutting costs intelligently, and putting some additional money into the City's coffers.
This Bristol Press article discusses recent changes made by the administration.  Among these initiatives, the City has consolidated management-level positions, resulting in cost savings. They brokered a deal to provide building inspector services to Plainville, which is a new source of revenue for Bristol.

For more information, check out the Mayor's Office webpage.

City of Bristol Now Seeking Internship Applicants

Democratic Mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu has established Bristol's first Summer Internship program.

The Mayor speaking at the annual BBGC Youth Recognition
Dinner. Photo Credit: Mayor's Office.
This program invites high school and college-aged Bristol residents to get hands-on job experience and build their resumes, while performing projects that help our City.
Read more about the bright and energetic young people who are working at City Hall this summer!  Thanks to all of these interns for their efforts! 

The Mayor's office is now accepting resumes for the Winter Internship program

If you are interested, please submit your resume and letter of interest by August 15, 2018 to http://www.mayorsoffice@bristolct.gov. 

Saturday Farmer's Market Open 'Til October, Across from City Hall

Stop by and say "hi!" to Mayor Ellen Zoppo, Councilors Peter Kelley and Greg Hahn and other Democratic leaders at Bristol's Saturday Farmer's Market, located across from City Hall and the Police Station. 
Rain or shine, the Market is open every Saturday through October 2018 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., offering a wide selection of farm fresh products, farm-to-table items, and featuring  fantastic vendors.  Check out the offerings!
Stop by the Mayor's booth to pick up your free #BristolAllHeart reusable shopping bag! 

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Chris Wright on July 26th

Please join the Bristol Democrats as we gather to support Chris Wright, our Democratic Candidate for the 31st Senate District.

His upcoming fundraiser is on July 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the newly renovated Bristol Historical Society.  Feel free to RSVP to Chris's Facebook Event Page if you can make it!

In true Democrat style, we will enjoy a wine tasting, delicious appetizers and desserts WHILE helping restore Democratic representation to our State delegation. 

All that multitasking makes us thirsty! 

Chris Wright needs your assistance! 
Please take a minute to make a donation to his campaign online!

Thank you and see you at the party!

Bristol Democrats Mingle at the State Convention in May

Rippy Patton, Kate Matthews, Craig Minor and Kris Granatek
celebrate with Chris Murphy at the Convention.
In May 2018, Bristol Democrats represented our fair City at the Connecticut State Democratic Convention.

Endorsed Democrats included: Shawn Wooden, State Treasurer; William Tong, Attorney General; Ned Lamont, Governor; Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor; Denise Merrill, Secretary of State; Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller; and Chris Murphy, U.S. Senate.

Watch our own Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu nominating Susan Bysiewicz!

The primary is approaching on August 14, 2018. Don't forget to vote!  Confirm your polling place here!

Top left: Lamont and Bysewicz accept the endorsement.  Top right: DTC members Chris and Stacie
Roberge attend the convention. Bottom left: CT Dems logo. Bottom right: Delegate Credentials.