Last weekend before election

Saturday, November 05, 2005
Time: 10:27 AM

Well, this is it. The last week till the election and all the candidates are out in full force banging doors and shaking hands.

I'll going to hit the streets talking to voters and candidates and I'll be live blogging throughout the day.

Danbury Democrats endorse DeStefano

Thursday, November 03, 2005
Time: 11:58 AM

Yesterday at the Braodview Middle school, local Democrats showed their support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano as they kicked off their grassroot campaign in the area.

From The Danbury News Times
Two Democrats who have been major players in the Danbury political scene for the past decade threw their support behind John DeStefano's gubernatorial campaign Wednesday.

At a gathering of Democrats at Broadview Middle School, former U.S. Rep. James Maloney and former Danbury Mayor Gene Eriquez announced their support for the New Haven mayor.

They were joined in the endorsement by Danbury Democratic Party Chairman Bernie Gallo.

The school setting was to highlight DeStefano's accomplishments in education, Maloney said.

"Mayor DeStefano cut the dropout rate by 40 percent, and he rebuilt most of the schools in the city of New Haven," Maloney said.

"The state of Connecticut, over the past 12 years, has not kept faith with the educational needs of the cities and the community," Maloney said. "John DeStefano is a mayor, a man and a candidate for governor with a commitment to education."

DeStefano is competing with Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy for the Democratic nomination in 2006. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced her bid for re-election and runs more than 30 points ahead of both Democrats in the most recent polls.

The Wednesday event was billed as the kickoff of the grassroots campaign for DeStefano in Danbury.

Eriquez said DeStefano would make needed educational changes and provide state funding so cities and towns won't have to bear as much of the burden.

"Our curricula remains geared towards the demands of a different century," Eriquez said. "John has managed to make the city of New Haven the largest provider of preschool services in the state of Connecticut."

DeStefano said it's time for a "22nd century curriculum" in schools. He said as governor he would provide more state funding for schools, full-day kindergarten across the state and universal preschool.


Both Democratic candidates seem to have a solid fund-raising base. DeStefano has raised about $2.5 million, while Malloy has raised $1.7 million. In the last quarter, Malloy raised $403,000 to edge out DeStefano's $339,000.

There has not been a poll to measure support of the two Democratic candidates. But a Quinnipiac University poll of potential races for governor in July showed Rell beating DeStefano by 61-22 percent and Malloy by 63-18 percent.

The Danbury endorsements are the latest for DeStefano, who has wrapped up the endorsement of 20 labor unions, including those representing the state's police, carpenters and communication workers, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd Dist., plus several mayors and state legislators.

Here's the Boughton interview on "In Our Opinion" from Sept 23

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Time: 2:33 PM

Well, you demanded it and you finally got it. We promised you videos from the local cable access shows and here is our first one.

Mayor Mark Boughton was on Lynn Waller's "In Our Opinion" on Sept 23 where he addressed a wide range of issues. Many of you emailed us and requested that we post this show because of some have suggested that comments made about the police contract were misleading.

Let us give you some background on this show. Now first, let us say that we like this show and think its the most informative show on Comcast. Lynn Waller is a dedicated political watcher and we see her at most (if not all) meetings. That being said, we really take issue with this imterview because Waller is Boughton supporter and a very social and fiscal conservative who has a history of being critical to Boughton's critics and while being very supportive to the mayor which some people view as a giving Mayor Boughton a free pass.

Many viewed this interview as an example of the type of biased broadcasting simply because Waller never challenges the mayor on ANY of the claims he made in the interview such as his views on the police union contract and immigration. We found it interesting that while Waller didn't present the Mayor with any hard questions, she had no problem going after the police union members she had on her show a couple of weeks later (we'll have that video up soon so you can see for yourself).

Again, we like the show but, it would be refreshing if Waller would not come off as a partisan when conducting these types of interviews because it gives the impression that she's being one sided. Their are valid points both sides have in terms of immigration and the police situation but how does that help your viewers when you give the side you agree with a free pass while saving the hard questions for the side you don't support?

We broke the interview down into three parts. 1. The police contract dispute 2. The immigration situation and 3. The airport situation. The entire interview is 30 minutes long and we just don't have the bandwidth to post the entire show but if you want the entire show and you have a broadband connection, email us and we'll supply it to you.

We're offering the video in two formats: Hi resolution (broadband) and low resolution (for dail up readers). For the broadband readers, when you click on the Hi-Res link, you will be transfered to where you can download the video.

Boughton on the police union contract dispute

Hi-Res (16 meg)

Lo Res (11 meg)

Boughton on immigration

Hi Res (22 Meg)

Lo Res (5 meg)

Boughton on the airport situation

Hi Res (19 meg)

Lo Res (4 meg)

We'll post the interview Waller had with the police union soon and you can judge for yourself whether or not Waller gave the mayor a free ride while saving the hard questions for the police union (who by the way, had no problem answering her questions).

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

02.18.22 NEWSTIMES:
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU
Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER:
"Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"

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.



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

trans_button Santos Family Story
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



11.15.23 Recanvass return
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro