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Thoughts: Bill Stortz Continues to be Bristol’s Mayor

Former Bristol Mayor Bill Stortz talks with parents at the Bristol Eastern High School fundraising booth at the 2016 Home Show

Former Bristol Mayor Bill Stortz, an all-around great American patriot was recently featured by the Bristol Press.

For myself, Bill was always the voice of reason when I was on the Bristol Republican Town Committee.

Yes — I was a Republican.

Back then, the Bristol GOP was a different party. Bristol Republicans only held one member on the Council — Ron Burns.

Side note: It appears history is repeating itself by only having one GOP member on the Council again. And we can’t forget about me being on the Bristol Board of Education. Thank God I left before the era of mad dogs that came much later.

As time went on, I learned my values were no longer in line with the GOP Nationally.

That did not apply locally because of Bill.

Bill is someone to be respected.

Bill presses administrations — Republican or Democrat — for transparency.

You can always find Bill standing in the back of meetings with something to say.

From railroad trestle blight to downtown revitalization, Bill seeks answers.

As a child, my off the boat grandmother always saw Bill every day attending morning mass at St. Gregory the Great Church on Stafford Avenue. I remember that well and it sticks with me to this day.

Bill transcends politics and has a true love for making Bristol better.

After reading the Bristol Bits commentary about Bill, I felt the need to share it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You can read it here.

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