Michael T. Byrnes


Political platform statement

Why I am running for this office: In these polarizing times we need more moderate voices on the Town Council. I am well positioned to fill that need. My management background, common sense, and extensive civic involvement provide me the wherewithal to represent all citizens to make Bristol an even better place to live, work, run a business and raise a family. As a life-long Bristolian – minus 30 years in the service of our country I strongly believe that one must now stand up to preserve that which has made Bristol a community to be proud of. Following in the footsteps of my father, Tom Byrnes, Father of the East Bay Bike Path, a Town Administrator and a State Representative, I announce my candidacy as an Independent for the Town Council.

Education/Profession: My education began in St Mary’s school, then to Colt Memorial High School (class of 1963) and a BA in History Education from Providence College. This was followed by a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of New Hampshire (1973) and a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College. (1991). . Military schools attended included studying Chinese language at the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School in Hong Kong, the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.

Position statement 1: Enhance economic growth. Small businesses in town need a dedicated person on the Town Council that will reach out and respond immediately to businesses that need help. Business owners are primarily responsible for their success but the town should establish an environment that enhances and does not impede success. I plan to be an ombudsman for small businesses.

Position statement 2: Work to improve our waterfront for our fishermen and recreational users. Our waterfront is our greatest natural resource. The harbor is in fine shape and the management is the best ever. More and more visitors are coming by sea and our residents are clamoring for more dock space. The addition of the fuel dock and expansion of the marina expansion will be a huge step forward.

Position statement 3: Keep taxes and spending at reasonable levels – always predicated on essential needs. This is especially important for our seniors and for others who might be on a fixed income. We all need to work to find ways to maintain the town services while keeping taxes down.

Position statement 4: •Support our elderly, veterans and first responders. Bristol has always had a good reputation for supporting our seniors. We need to insure this continues. Being a veteran myself I have a special respect for those who served. Our police should be supported both financially and rhetorically. Our volunteer Fire Department and Rescue teams are the best around and we need to support them in turn.

Position statement 5: •Pursue educational excellence for all of our youth. Bristol public schools are good but there is much room for improvement. Rockwell is a star and there must be lessons that can be shared. We need to ensure that our high school graduates, both college bound and those who are not have the necessary tools to become productive citizens and have promising careers.