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