Alderman J. Paul Vance of Waterbury has announced his candidacy for the Fifth District congressional seat currently occupied by Nancy Johnson.
Vance... said he was undaunted by challenging the New Britain Republican, saying her long service in Congress hurts Johnson as much as it helps.
"She's been representing Washington for three or four decades, it's time we had someone represent this district," Vance said. "I've lived in this district, I know the district, I think I have good ideas," Vance said.
There are a few other possibilities, none of whom have declared anything yet:
Sen. Christopher Murphy... said Monday that he is seriously leaning toward seeking the nomination, but has yet to make his final decision, but welcomed Vance into the fold of potential candidates.
"Paul and I are friends and we share the same goal in the end which is to replace Nancy Johnson with a good, committed Democrat," Murphy said. "I don't see any reason why in the end we won't be working together toward that goal."
[Assistant Majority Leader] Rep. Demetrios Gianarros, D-Farmington, also has been among the Democrats considered likely challengers to Johnson.
I know next to nothing about these people. Do any of them pose a serious threat to Johnson? I'm waiting for Fifth District Congressional Watch to pick up on this one.
Gambini, Steve. "Vance aims to take on Johnson for Congress." Waterbury Republican-American 12 April 2005.