Waterbury Police Chief Considers Mayoral Run

Police Chief Neil O’Leary may join what is starting to become a crowded Democratic mayoral field in Waterbury:

“I’m very strongly considering a political career,” O’Leary said. “If I did make that move, and give up police work, I can’t think of anywhere I would rather do it than in the city I grew up in. I love this place. I think I would be a good mayor.” (Overton)

The president of the Board of Aldermen, Paul Vance, is already running against Mayor Michael Jarjura. Jarjura has been leaning strongly towards running for a fifth term, saying that he has the expertise to shepherd the city through rough economic times.

Waterbury is definitely the city to watch in 2009 as this drama amongst the Democrats unfolds. No Republican contenders have emerged, yet, nor has a candidate for the city’s Independent party.

Source
Overton, Penelope. “Will he stay or will he run? Waterbury police superintendent considers whether time is right to step into politics.” Waterbury Republican-American 22 December, 2008.

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10 responses to “Waterbury Police Chief Considers Mayoral Run

  1. O’Leary is running, no doubt about it. He will be Waterbury’ next, after crushing Vance in a primary, he wil role in the general.

  2. O’Leary is running, no doubt about it. He will be Waterbury’ next, after crushing Vance in a primary, he wil role in the general.

    Well Waterbury hasn’t sent a mayor to jail for several years now; they’re probably overdue.

    I wonder what O’Leary will be found guilty of?

  3. I wonder what O’Leary will be found guilty of?

    Unfortunately, the only mayors we’ve sent to jail are the Republican ones. Add Rowland to that list – he RAN for mayor, but lost.

    Maybe we were on to something with that…

    Either way, I still don’t think it’s too far fetch for Selim to run – even if it’s against Jarjura. Who WOULDN’T want to see that debate!!! O’Leary poses a big threat to any (R) that wants to run. I think Vance WOULD stand a shot if Jarjura and O’Leary stayed at home, but he’s dead in the water against those two.

  4. Neil O’Leary is the best thing that’s happened to Waterbury since Brass.

    The Waterbury Observer offers a little insight on the 09 mayoral run: http://www.waterburyobserver.blogspot.com

  5. Unfortunately, the only mayors we’ve sent to jail are the Republican ones. Add Rowland to that list – he RAN for mayor, but lost.

    While that may be true for the recet mayors, several Democrats have been voted out of office under investigation or flat out indictment. (Mike Bergin Jr. for example). And there have been a few who were arrested themselves, but most of them were before my time.

    As for the 2009 election, I think this is the perfect time for a Republican comeback. Yes the GOP in Waterbury has been down, but I thik it would be foolish to count them out. A potential 4 way split among Democrats (because that’s where the Indepedets get most of their support), and a united Republican front? Sounds good to me.

  6. We are never boring in Waterbury, that is for certain! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the CTLP community.

    One thing is for certain, 2009 will be an exciting time– My wife is expecting our first child in 2009- so we have a lot to look forward to!

    Best Wishes,

    Paul Vance

  7. BruceRubenstein

    Hi Paul….best of luck !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Unfortunately, the only mayors we’ve sent to jail are the Republican ones.

    You seem to be unaware of Mayor Hayes; who’s corruption was exposed by Sherwood Rowland, Sr; Johns’ grandfather.

    How Bergin escaped remains one of life’s mysteries.

    Add Rowland to that list – he RAN for mayor, but lost.

    Really?
    When was that, please enlighten us.

    He was elected to the Connecticut House in 1980
    To Congress in 1984
    Lost in his first Gubernatorial run in 1990

    made money hand over fist and quite legally from that point to his

    Successful run for Governor in 1994
    held that office for 10 years, resigned and the rest is recent enough history that even youngsters should be able to keep up.

    I don’t recall a try for Mayor of Waterbury

  9. ACR, I believe you are correct….Rowland never “RAN for mayor…but lost” as Tom Van Stone asserts.

    But…with that being said….I think its high time for Rowland to move back to his hometown and reclaim the Mayor’s office!

    What a field — Jarjura, Vance, O’Leary vs. Selim, Rowland. Primary Day would be like Christmas in August for all the politicos.

    Waterbury would truly regain its moniker as the “Center of the Universe.”

  10. I think its high time for Rowland to move back to his hometown and reclaim the Mayor’s office!

    He’d probably win.

    There’s a couple of names that seem bigger than life in Waterbury, and one of those is Rowland.

    This is no endorsement, but I’ve never heard a bad word about Vance in my life.

    That’s no reflection on anyone else.

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