Ian Abreu may be the most affable of New Bedford’s 11 city councilors.
Outgoing and talkative, he is known for his dedication to constituent services, his moderate positions on most issues and a positive working relationship with Mayor Jon Mitchell, not to mention the media.
Abreu is also known for his prolific fundraising. In just four terms on the council, he has amassed an impressive $79,000 campaign chest. A hard worker, Abreu has also used his high visibility to help rebuild a successful family business around Silmo coffee syrup.
The councilor from the South End peninsula is not shy about the fact he would consider running for either state rep or mayor some day, either.
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Both sides of the controversial nip ban in New Bedford have been heard. Which side do you agree with?
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Mary Rapoza, director of the Parks, Recreation and Beaches department since 2013, sat down with Jack Spillane to talk about a division of city government that is perhaps more visible to the public than any other.
In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.