Former State Rep. Enters Norwich Mayoral Race

Alderman Peter Nystrom, a Republican who was a state representative from 1984-2002, is entering the wide-open race for mayor of Norwich. You can read about it in the Norwich Bulletin and The Day.

Norwich’s current mayor, Benjamin Lathrop (D), is not running this year.

Nystrom looks on his past as a state legislator as a strength.

Nystrom, 52, referred to his extensive experience on budgets and controversial legislation as the city’s 46th District state representative from 1984 to 2002. He noted that he and Gov. M. Jodi Rell were elected freshmen legislators together.
 
”I intend to call upon my friends in the legislature,” Nystrom said, “including the governor.” (Bessette)

Nystrom was elected to the Norwich city council earlier this year in a special election to fill the seat of fellow Republican Christopher Coutu, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.

Democrats Mark Bettencourt and Robert Zarnetske, both aldermen, are running for the Democratic nomination. Joseph Radecki, a Democrat who was a candidate for mayor in previous years, is running as an independent.

Source
Bessette, Claire. “Nystrom Announces Bid For Mayor In Norwich.” The Day 9 June, 2009.

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5 responses to “Former State Rep. Enters Norwich Mayoral Race

  1. Bruce Rubenstein

    Has Nystrom ever held a job in the private sector or is he yet another career politician?

  2. The Bulletin article lists his occupation as”Driver, United Parcel Service.” I remember that being mentioned in ’02 also, when he ran against Prague.

  3. He indeed has been a UPS driver for many years.

  4. wtfdnucsailor

    I seem to remember meeting with Peter when he was a state legislator after he got off shift from UPS. He left the legislature when his first child was born. A mayor has a more ‘normal’ schedule than a state legislator so that would fit with raising a family. Assuming his political philosophy has not changed, he is a moderate R that listens to all sides before making a decision. It will be an interesting race between Nystrom and whoever the Ds decide to run after a bitter primary battle.

  5. The Bulletin article lists his occupation as”Driver, United Parcel Service.” I remember that being mentioned in ‘02 also, when he ran against Prague.

    Which means he’s a Teamster, right?

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