Boughton chal­lenger raises $25K in 2 weeks

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Zach Mur­dock

“I’m grat­i­fied by the gen­eros­ity of the con­tri­bu­tions and our sup­port­ers.”

DAN­BURY — The first Demo­crat to file to run this year against long-time Repub­li­can Mayor Mark Boughton has posted $25,000 in con­tri­bu­tions in his first weeks as a can­di­date.

At­tor­ney and for­mer City Council Pres­i­dent Chris Se­taro, who has chal­lenged Boughton once be­fore, col­lected 51 cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions in the two weeks since he of­fi­cially filed for the race just be­fore the new year.

“I’m grat­i­fied by the gen­eros­ity of the con­tri­bu­tions and our sup­port­ers,” Se­taro said. “We’re very happy that we’re off to a strong start.”

Se­taro’s lightning fast start helps set the tone for what is ex­pected to be a heated mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion sea­son as Democrats turn to­ward lo­cal of­fices after post­ing upset victories in Novem­ber in a half dozen state leg­isla­tive seats, some of which had been held by Re­pub­li­cans for decades.

Should Se­taro se­cure the Democrats’ nom­i­na­tion for mayor, it would set up a re­match of the hotly con­tested 2001 race that el­e­vated Boughton to the mayor’s of­fice for the first time.

Boughton de­feated Se­taro by just 138 votes that year and no Demo­crat has come that close since.

Now Boughton plans to run for his tenth term this fall — he already is the long­est serv­ing mayor in city his­tory — after fall­ing short

Chris Se­taro,

Demo­crat run­ning for Dan­bury mayor

in the GOP pri­mary race for gov­er­nor last year.

Boughton plans to file in the com­ing weeks but has de­clined on the wouldbe race, say­ing he and city staff fo­cused on the up­com­ing city bud­get ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Se­taro’s con­tri­bu­tions range from as small as a pair of $5 con­tri­bu­tions to 13 con­tri­bu­tions of $1,000, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign fi­nance state­ments pre­pared for the first Jan. 10 fil­ing dead­line. Only one third of those came from Dan­bury res­i­dents, how­ever, and some came from as far away as Tampa, Florida, and Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana.

Both the Dan­bury Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can town com­mit­tees will meet

Mon­day night and are ex­pected to dis­cuss their slates of can­di­dates for all lo­cal of­fices.

Although Se­taro is the only Demo­crat to file for the may­oral race so far, other can­di­dates could in­clude 2017 may­oral can­di­date Al Almeida and town party chair­woman An­drea Gart­ner.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

Demo­crat Chris Se­taro is chal­leng­ing Dan­bury Mayor Mark Boughton for the mayor’s job for the second time. Since an­nounc­ing his run just be­fore the new year, Se­taro has raised $25,000.

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