Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Waterbury: Mayoral Race Kicks Off Early

Vance Expected to Enter Race Today

Everyone's getting a head start on the mayoral race in Waterbury, this year. From the Republican-American:
The dawn of the new year finds city Republicans pushing themselves to have a mayoral candidate in hand within the next several weeks.

That decision, combined with the expected entrance of Democratic Alderman J. Paul Vance Jr. into the race today, kicks off one of the earliest campaigns for the office in years. (Gambini)

On the Democratic side, there's Mayor Mike Jarjura, whose improbable victory as a write-in candidate made national news in 2005, who may or may not be seeking a fourth term. Alderman Paul Vance, a top vote-getter in Waterbury, is (according to the Rep-Am) going to announce his candidacy today. Former Alderman Richard Scappini and 2005 primary winner Karen Mulcahy are also mentioned as possibilities--even if Jarjura runs.

Republicans have several possible candidates, including Rep. Anthony J. D'Amelio (R-71st), Rep. Selim Noujaim (R-74th), Alderman Dennis Odle and Alderman Paul V. Ciochetti.

Waterbury is absolutely worth keeping an eye on--this could be, as I've said, the most interesting race we see in 2007.

Source
Gambini, Steve. "WATERBURY: GOP aims to get jump start on mayor's race." Waterbury Republican-American 2 January, 2007.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jarjura wants to challenge Murphy?

BrassBoy said...

the better bet is that Mayor Jarjura has always desired the Attorney General's office. However, with Blumenthal's continual decision to forgo a run at higher office, Jarjura has few options left besides trying to retain his current position.

Anonymous said...

Jarjura has far too many skeletons to run for AG.

Conservative Democrat said...

Well now, if everybody and their mother are announcing their bid to be the enxt Mayor of Waterbury, I may as well enter the race as well!

BrassBoy said...

not that i disagree, but... such as?

Anonymous said...

Jarjura lacks the testicular fortitude to make a run against "his boy" Murphy. I mean, all it would take for Mayor Mike to bow out is for Smurph to walk into his office and strong-arm him with some threats of what will come if he doesn't roll over -- not unlike that second, hastily-thrown-together, "in case you missed it the first time" endorsement in the wake of that Waterbury mailer blow-out (I tried to find a link to that story from a previous posting on this blog, to no avail...sorry, folks).

Anonymous said...

The kind that turn your stomach and tread very carefully on the line of illegality.

jodi jetski said...

skeletons don't matter if you play granny.

Anonymous said...

guess we're just supposed to take an anonymous posters word for it, brassboy.

Anonymous said...

Seems pretty cut and dry to me. The Republican party is dead in Waterbury. Jarjura runs - he wins. Jarjura doesn't run Vance wins.

Anonymous said...

Vance beats Jarjura if he decides to run.

BrassBoy said...

Anon4:13... you couldn't be more wrong...

The only reason you're seeing these articles is because Jarjura's position is perceived to be rather weak. If Vance were such a clear cut successor then we would not even be having a discussion. Rather, the powers that be would be lining up at his door and the Republicans would all be scrambling to find someone, anyone, willing to run, as they did the last two times.

I would be very surprised if the Republicans didn't run a credible and competitive candidate this year. And would be completely shocked if they actually pulled it off.

BrassBoy said...

that should be "would NOT be completely shocked..."

MikeCT said...

So did Vance announce anything? And why would he primary Jarjura? They seemed quite chummy.

BrassBoy said...

Vance filed his papers with the Town Clerk's office yesterday, officially forming his mayoral committee and marking his entrance into the race.

Anonymous said...

"They seemed quite chummy"? How so?

Anonymous said...

Vance is running, I spoke to him yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Jarjura doesnt primary well, as we know from last time, in a primary he loses. In the general he also relies heavily on Repulican supporters, this time around the Rs run a viable candidate and Jarjura looses that core R money and voting block. Also there are alot of disgruntled Ds (Jarjuras work ethic, allegance to Rs, the Murphy issue, ect.) and we all know that old adage that ppl come out to vote against you more than they do to vote for you, so his support amongst his own party is weaning also. It will be an uphill battle for Jarjura against a viable R candidate like a D'Amelio. As far as Independents, they have no shot even with Mulcahy, her 15 mins is up. My prediction for the general election, if Jarjura runs he faces a tough one, if Vance is the D candidate he wins, either way the Rs will pick off some D and I alderman.

-wtbywonder

Erin Monda said...

Valid points.

So tell me something, does Waterbury want to go down in history the way Wikipedia has it written?

It is after all a glorious old city built in the brass days, where...

"...the forces of slime meet the forces of evil"

Should the citizens of Waterbury be content with a Mayor where the best thing people have to say about him is that he has managed the city without any "major controversy" since 2001?

I personally would like a Mayor whom history will record positively.

-Erin Monda