by Bristol Bugle Newspaper Correspondent Jim Nickel
Incumbent Mary Ryman, who has held the post of Bristol Town Clerk-Treasurer for 42 years, will be challenged in her reelection bid by Dan Watson in the Republican primary on May 5.
In the November 2011 general election the two also faced off, when Watson ran as an independent. Ryman retained her seat by garnering 62% of the vote to Watson’s 38% in that contest.
There are no challengers to the three members of the Bristol Town Council (BTC) seeking reelection this year. Jeff Beachy, Floyd Lynch, and Delbert Shrock are unopposed in the Republican primary.
Beachy was appointed by the BTC in December to the newly created fifth position on the council and is now seeking to be elected by the voters for the first time.
The filing deadline for major party contests in the May primary is Friday, February 6. As of Wednesday, February 4, the persons mentioned above are the only persons who have indicated their intentions to enter the primary in Bristol’s elections.