Pro-charter school advaocates celebrate Election Day victories

Saturday, November 06, 2021
Time: 11:43 AM

Republicans in Danbury weren't the only group who were celebrating the results of the municipal election.

With Danbury Democrats making their oppositon to the Prosepct Charter School proposal and education funding the centerpoint of their campaign season, the voters overwheling Election Day rejection of the party's platform is not only a victory for charter school advocates, but should also serve as a warning to several members of the state delegation when it comes to their own re-election prospects as the GOP set their sites recapturing the State Senate and 138th State Rep seats.

Charter school advocacy group Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity have a unique reason to celebrate as one of their members, Michelle Coelho, received the third highest amount of votes among all candidates at 7484 in her first run for Board of Education. Only Constable Louise McMahon and the widely popular Treasurer Dan Jowdy recieved more votes on Election Day.

In resposne to the election results LEAD isseued the following statement.

Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity released the following statement regarding the results of this year's municipal elections.

LEAD’s Mayoral Election Statement

LEAD would like to congratulate the newly elected mayor of Danbury, Dean Esposito. We would also like to commend Roberto Alves for a hardfought campaign. It is our sincere hope that the new administration will not only be one of inclusion but that it will work to address some important challenges faced by our city. Up to this point Dean Esposito has been a tremendous supporter and friend of LEAD’s mission and vision.

LEAD commends Dean Esposito and the entire Republican Party slate for their support of the proposed charter school to be built on Main Street. We are confident that the new administration will continue to support our efforts to build this school. A building that will be paid with a generous 25 million dollar philanthropic donation. The school will serve 770 students and bring an amazing educational option to our city. The school will also bring millions of additional dollars directly from the state with no extra cost to Danbury’s taxpayers!

We also look forward to working with the new majority in the Board of Education. In areas like decreasing the 50% drop out rate of ELL students, teacher diversity and other programs. LEAD has not been able to become an active partner of DPS because of the makeup of the current board. We are confident that with the election of new board members LEAD will have better access and opportunities to ensure that the voices of the largest demographic in the city are properly heard and represented.

LEAD would like to congratulate our very own LEAD member Michelle Coelho, our first Cuban American elected to the city’s Board of Education. Her innovative ideas and fresh perspectives will be a welcomed addition to the Board. We are so proud of the fact that Michelle was one of the candidates with the most votes. We believe she has a bright future not only in politics but also as a community leader and representative.

LEAD is excited to work together with the new administration to ensure that Danbury continues on its path of prosperity. We are even more hopeful that this new administration will bring forth more opportunities for equity and diversity at city hall.

As the Danbury Latino community continues to grow, LEAD will be a vital partner to ensuring that our community has representation and a seat at the table that this community deserves.

LEAD is ready to help work on the areas our city needs to improve on while being an active partner that ensures Danbury continues to be one of the most amazing cities to live in.

Congratulations to the new elected authorities and best wishes for your continued success

Truly yours,

Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity

2021 Election Day totals

Wednesday, November 03, 2021
Time: 12:41 AM

Fresh from the Reg of Voters office...remember you read the totals HERE first!

Danbury Dems dominate absentee returns...more than double return total from 2019

Monday, November 01, 2021
Time: 7:52 PM

If the election was based only on absentee ballots, then Roberto Alves is our next mayor of Danbury.

The latest absentee numbers from city hall show that Danbury Democrats put in the work and more than DOUBLED their abs ballots returned (2019: 290; 2021: 777) with the most notable abs gains in the 4th and 6th wards.

In contrast, Danbury Republican's trend line between 2019 and 2021 is a net negative of 30 returned ballots (2019: 273; 2021: 243) with fewer ballots in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th wards.

How does a net gain of 487 Democratic ballots will factor into tomorrow's election? If I were the Dems, I'd be thrilled with their results as it might give them the edge to get over the 20-year slump and put the state's seventh-largest city back under Democratic leadership.

If I were the GOP, I would be concerned about the numbers as they should have improved from their 2019 totals. In politics, abs are free votes, and it's the responsibility of the town committee to collect as many of those free votes as possible.

How this will impact tomorrow's race is yet to be determined. Are these absentee votes from people who ususally vote or new voters? Remember, we're in the COVID era where more Dem residents vote absentee verus Republicans who prefer to vote in person.

If anything, these numbers makes for great local political banter...we'll see if it's a factor in the election tomorrow :-)


2019 absentee data (Party ID)

2021 absentee data (Party ID)

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
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Danbury Daily Voice
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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