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.
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.