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Roberto Alves throws hat into race for mayor

Thursday, January 07, 2021
Time: 1:09 PM

This morning, first term city councilman Roberto Alves became the first person to announce his intention to run for the city's highest elected office.


Roberto Alves Announces Campaign for Mayor of Danbury

DANBURY, C.T. — Democratic City Councilman At-Large Roberto Alves today announced his candidacy for Mayor. A resident of Danbury since he was 5, Alves has devoted his life to advocating for and supporting his community through determined action and activism in service of the greater good.

“Like many communities, Danbury is at a turning point. We face important challenges that will affect the future of our small businesses, our kids and families, our neighbors,” said Roberto Alves. “We’re in the midst of a crisis. With massive job loss, a looming housing crisis, small businesses closing, and our healthcare system is once again on the verge of being overwhelmed. Too many Danbury families have suffered because leaders at all levels — from Washington down to the City-level — have failed us. We need a leader who can take on our most critical challenges and I’m ready to build Danbury back better, to be more equitable for all.” concluded Alves.

“I have seen firsthand how strong a leader Roberto Alves is. He steps up to the plate again and again and we know we can count on him to show up,” said Democratic Town Committee Chair Andrea Gartner. “Through the pandemic, he’s undertaken hosting food and toy drives, organizing food distributions, and educating the community on civic engagement also while serving as Councilman At-Large. This is the kind of engaged leadership that will guide Danbury through these meaningful times. Leadership we know will be a voice for all of Danbury. How exciting for Danbury that Roberto Alves is a candidate for Mayor!”

"I am incredibly excited that my friend Roberto Alves is running for Mayor of Danbury," said Joe DaSilva Jr., Vice-Chair of the Danbury Democratic Party, "He is a true leader. The energy, courage, and commitment he brings to working for the people of Danbury is unmatched. From asking the hard questions on the City Council to make sure our tax dollars are wisely spent to helping lead a food and toy drive at Christmas, Roberto is always willing to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work for the people of Danbury. As Mayor, he won't be afraid of the questions and won't ever stop fighting for the people of Danbury."

A product of Danbury’s public schools, Roberto Alves is a City Councilman At-Large and brings nearly a decade of private sector and community-driven experience to the position. He lives on West Redding Road with his spouse Robyn, and their two children, Julius and Catalina.

The Alves campaign also released a video package on Facebook...

It will be interesting to see if other Democrats will take a shot at the seat that's no longer occupied by the city's longest serving mayor...

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First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

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Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
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Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
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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.



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

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