Republican candidate Derek Jerome commits suicide before election
Candidate's Suicide Stuns Bristol GOP
BRISTOL — - A popular Republican who was challenging Democratic state Rep. Frank Nicastro in the coming election was found dead Tuesday afternoon after apparently killing himself, police said.
Police are awaiting an autopsy, but suspect no foul play in the death of 38-year-old Derek R. Jerome Sr., according to Lt. Edward Spyros. Jerome's death wasn't connected to the campaign; he left a note referring to financial problems, GOP Town Chairman Thomas Barnes said.
Republican leaders in the city said they were devastated by the news.
"Everyone is so distraught and so concerned for the family," said Art Mocabee, a former GOP chairman who had known Jerome for years. "Everybody is all-out shocked."