Bristol Mayoral Campaign Forums Draw Near

BRISTOL — With campaign season fully underway, residents can look for two forums where mayoral candidates Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Ken Cockayne will appear together.

The 12 candidates for city council are also invited.

The Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its regular debate, and the local chapter of the NAACP is holding a question-and-answer session.

The senior center is also hosting a forum with a brief speaking program, but that session is intended primarily for senior center members and has very limited seating.

The NAACP’s session kicks off the series on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the library downtown.

There will be a 30-minute meet-and-greet social period with refreshments; during that time, audience members may submit written questions to the moderator. Starting at 6:30, there will be a 90-minute town hall-style forum; the moderator will randomly select questions for the candidates.

“The intent of this forum is to allow our membership and the general public the opportunity to hear candidate platforms, discuss ideas and become informed voters,” said Lexie Mangum, president of the Bristol NAACP.

The Friends of the Bristol Senior Center is hosting a brief “Meet the candidates” session Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The candidates will give short talks but won’t be fielding questions.

There will be an informal dessert and coffee social period afterward when the audience is invited to talk with candidates. Details and reservations are available through the senior center office at 860-584-7895.

The Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s candidates forum is the final session. It begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Paul Catholic High School auditorium at 1001 Stafford Ave.

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