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