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The Danbury election lineup

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 7:51 PM

Here's a side by side breakdown of the 2019 municipal election lineup. The order of the candidates will be determined by the Registrar of Voters at a later date.

NOTE: The Danbury Democratic Town Committee did not run a full slate of candidates for Board of Education (three out of six) and Zoning Alternate (two out of three), therefore, technically as in the case in 2017, the DDTC is incorrect in stating that they presented a full slate to the voters.


One on one with Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker


Time: 7:26 PM

As someone who at one time reported on Bethel matters extensively, I've had the pleasure of following the career of Matthew Knickerbocker as First Selectman since his 2009 victory over incumbent Bob Burke.

A lot has changed in Bethel in the last ten years and at the Bethel Democrats Democratic Town Committee picnic, I had an opportunity to ask Knickerbocker about the differences in the town throughout his time as the town’s top elected official.


Uncle Sam returns to Danbury

Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: 11:04 AM

Last Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the return of the Danbury Fair's Uncle Sam to the city.

Here are highlights from the ceremony...I highly recommend that you view the video footage of the entire ceremony which includes remarks on the history of the Danbury Fair by the event's former Vice President Jack Stetson.

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It's official: Boughton v Setaro 2.0

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Time: 2:07 PM

This month, the Danbury Republican and Democratic town committees held their special meeting where they selected their slate of candidates for this year's city election.

Here's a photo gallery of the local party’s endorsement events...video and complete write-up to come...

2019 Danbury Republican Town Committee endorsement meeting:

2019 Danbury Democratic Town Committee endorsement meeting:


CAMPAIGN 2019: A closer look at the numbers

Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 9:40 PM


NOTE: I STRONGLY encourage you to download Mark Boughton and Chris Seatro's campaign reports (links are provided below) and follow the files as you read my VERY general analysis. As for now, I'm not providing a detailed analysis of the financial reports (e.g., contributions from outside Danbury, average contribution amount, donation per ward) as it's rather time-consuming and a detailed breakdown would be more informative as we near election day.

As the Democratic and Republican Town committees in Danbury prepare to hold their meetings for endorsement for the upcoming elections this month, I thought it would be informative to take a general look at the financial status Mayor Mark Boughton and Democratic Mayoral challenger Chris Setaro's campaigns.

After examining the two candidates' financial statements, one thing becomes clear: Chris Seatro is taking his campaign against the city's longest-running mayor seriously...and Mark Boughton is taking his 2001 challenger for the city's top post seriously as well.

Jan. 10th reporting period (DATES COVERED: 12/26/18-12/31/18)
DOCUMENT: Setaro SEEC Form 20 Jan 10 2019 (PDF)

For Team Setaro, his overall campaign fundraising effort, which has the Democratic challenger outpacing Boughton by nearly three thousand dollars to date, is a clear indication that the 2001 candidate for mayor at least has the financial backing to mount an effective campaign challenge in 2019.

Because Setaro filed his campaign paperwork on December 26th, 2018, he was able to raise a sizeable amount of money from friends and fellow attorneys ($25,435.00) before the end of the extremely short reporting period (Dec 26th-31st) before Boughton filed his campaign paperwork on January 2nd.

Setaro's early fundraising start was a wise strategy as it placed Boughton in unfamiliar territory as a candidate with a smaller war chest then his competitor.

Apr. 10th reporting period (DATES COVERED: 01/01/19-03/31/19)
DOCUMENT: Boughton SEEC Form 20 Apr 10 2019 (PDF) | Setaro SEEC Form 20 Apr 10 2019 (PDF)

The numbers for the April 10th reporting period yield positives for both candidates.

Seatro continued his cash haul by raking a very impressive 80,000.00 dollars in individual contributions, with a noticeable amount of contributions coming from fellow colleagues in the legal field.

The reporting period yield positives for Boughton as he posted 61,290.00 in individual contributions...a figure that far eclipse his figure for the same period two years ago (12,250.00 dollars).

Jul. 10th reporting period (DATES COVERED: 04/01/19-06/31/19)
DOCUMENT: Boughton SEEC Form 20 Jul 10 2019 (PDF) | Setaro SEEC Form 20 Jul 10 2019 (PDF)

The July 10 filing shows that Boughton is taking his Democratic challenger seriously by beating Setaro in individual contributions for the reporting period by a near a 2-1 margin. Boughton has also shown his strength as a long-term incumbent by catching his opponent's cash on hand figure (3,000 difference) as well as total money raised (16,000.00 dollar difference) despite raising funds for a shorter time span.

Setaro has much to be proud about given the very impressive war chest he has amassed (the most money raised by any Democratic mayoral candidate)...a far cry from the less than impressive financial performances of the Boughton's past challengers.

At least when it comes to the money race, based on the money raised between Boughton and Setaro, there is a good chance that we might witness a competitive race for mayor.


Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 04, 2019
Time: 10:58 AM

2019 Danbury Fair Mall Fourth of July fireworks finale...


Memorial Day 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 12:18 PM


Democratic mayoral candidate Setaro releases educational platform

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 4:07 PM

Coming on the heels of this morning’s teacher union protest, today Democratic mayoral candidate Chris Setaro released his educational platform for the city.

The city has continued to grow in population, even as other communities decline, and increased enrollment has created challenges for our educators.  Overdevelopment, particularly on Danbury’s West Side, without a plan to manage that growth, increased enrollment, and years of inadequate funding have led to our schools being overcrowded and underserved. Adding modular classrooms to Westside and Shelter Rock only serve as a short-term solution that alleviates the problem for now. But Danbury needs a real plan to address the district’s needs today, not temporary solutions that just push the problem off until tomorrow.

We can and must do better. Our children’s future and the future of the city depend on it. As Mayor, I will take action and begin a conversation with parents, teachers, community and business leaders, administrators and others for answers. I will take action to ask the hard questions and get the answers we need:

  • Work with the Board of Education and the City Council to prioritize our education budget and find the resources that our schools and students need to be successful
  • Create a commission that will include facilities experts, educators, parents and other community stakeholders so we can build a strategic plan for the schools including both its infrastructure and operational needs.
  • Work with our State Representatives and State Senators and leadership in Hartford to make sure Danbury gets its long overdue fair share of education funding.
  • Ensure that our children get the best start in life they can by creating free pre-k programs citywide.
  • Connect high school students with local companies and higher education institutions  right here in Danbury to expand our workforce.
You can read Setaro’s vision for education at his website. I’ll give my thoughts on the on-going debate on education in the city later.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint


Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park


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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe


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