One Square Mile: Former State GOP chairman John Holmes on Why He Loves Bristol

Oct 8, 2013

John Holmes relaxing outside his home near downtown Bristol.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island’s tiny Republican Party has struggled for years to increase its presence in the General Assembly. Back in 1983, the GOP made its biggest gains in recent history by highlighting a Democratic boondoggle that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars. The man who engineered that Republican strategy, former state party chairman John Holmes, spent part of his childhood in Bristol. He returned to the town with his wife Kathy when they fell in love with a historic home near the center of town. Bristol is the focus on our series this week, One Square Mile. These days, at age 64, Holmes bears a resemblance to Santa Claus and he says the charms of living in Bristol can be like a perpetual holiday.