Mayor Peter Nystrom has enjoyed his work in various local and state elected offices over the years.
But the 64-year-old, whose granddaughter will be born in August, has been contemplating his political future.
“I’m happy to have made this decision to run, what will be for all practical purposes, my last opportunity to serve as mayor,” Nystrom said.
Nystrom, a Republican, announced at a press conference Thursday that he is running for mayor of Norwich this year, one last time
Nystrom believes it’s important to stand by the city while the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, including helping to organize food drives, face mask distributions, heating assistance, and other efforts to help people during the tough time.
“The help that people need has to continue, and that’s why I’m running,” Nystrom said.
Regardless if he wins or loses, Nystrom still wants to be active in the city after his time as mayor ends, helping in community efforts and keeping dialogue open between officials and residents.
Nystrom, who has always preached accountability for city officials, has spent his time as the city’s leader helping Norwich flourish – it’s a community he “loves.”
“It’s been fun for me to see the smiles on the people’s faces through the mask and hear their comments,” Nystrom said.
During Nystrom’s formal announcement, Mike Grillo, owner of M&M Landcare, praised Nystrom’s support for small business and his responsiveness. Grillo said between his locations, including those in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, working with officials in Norwich “is the easiest among three states and multiple municipalities.”
“I can’t imagine working in a better city,” Grillo said. “I don’t intend to move our business.”
Under the new city charter adopted in 2001, Republican Nystrom became the city’s fifth mayor in 2017. He was the third mayor from 2009 to 2013.
Nystrom helped lead the city through what he called during his annual State of the City address a “daunting” and “challenging” 2020. While the coronavirus impacted businesses and government operations, Nystrom touted new programs to help small businesses.