Ken Cockayne

Bristol Welcomes Its First Female Mayor

Bristol Welcomes Its First Female Mayor

At her inauguration before a crowd of 500, new Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu promised her administration will work to reduce partisan rancor and divisiveness in the city.

“Everyone who has the best interest of Bristol is welcome at the table,” she said. “I believe diversity in background and in opinion can be our greatest strength.”

Zoppo-Sassu took charge of the city in a ceremony that packed Bristol Eastern High School’s auditorium. The crowd roared when Dean Kilbourne introduced her as the city’s first female mayor, and applauded when she named council member Mary Fortier acting mayor, essentially her emergency backup.

“So if that CTfastrak bus we see going by city hall...