Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary said last week that he's not running for mayor in 2007, but that's only because he remains loyal to Mayor Michael J. Jarjura, who says he'll seek a fourth term.
Former Alderman Richard Scappini is less reluctant about signaling he will challenge Jarjura in August for the Democratic nomination.
Scappini retired from the U.S. Navy on Friday after 24 years with the Judge Adjutant General's office, which clears the way for him to be in Waterbury full-time.
Alderman J. Paul Vance Jr., who has made no secret that he would like to be mayor, said he's not going to challenge Jarjura in a primary.
Talk continues around the city that Jarjura ultimately will back out of the race.
Jarjura dismisses that talk, and insists he's going to run. He also denies a story going around that he was considering running as an unaffiliated candidate to avoid a costly primary. (Gambini)
So will he run or not? As you may remember, Jarjura was defeated in a bitter primary in 2005, only to win re-election as a write-in candidate. If he doesn't run, expect a primary battle to determine his successor. There may be a primary even if he does run.
It should also be noted that Republican candidates can win in Waterbury despite a heavy registration advantage for Democrats.
Gambini, Steve. "Waterbury: Challengers waiting in wings to take on Jarjura." Waterbury Republican-American 4 December, 2006.