Brenda, it looks like that “Vancy guy”, otherwise known as J. Paul Vance Jr. (D), Mayoral candidate, is no liar. Bryan P Baker (R) reports on his blog that last night at the Waterbury Republican convention, the Republicans decided to cross-endorse incumbent Democrat Mayor Michael Jarjura as he runs for a fifth term in office.
As a result of this cross endorsement, the Republicans only put up six candidates for the Board of Aldermen, and three candidates for the Board of Education. The candidates that will appear on Row A this November are:
Mayor – Mike Jarjura (D)
Town Clerk – Antoinette Spinelli (D)
City Clerk – Mike Dalton (D)
City Sherrif – Steve Conway (D)
Board of Aldermen – Paul Ciochetti, Carlo Palladino, Jason Van Stone, Sam Rush, Jerry Padula, Bryan Baker
Board of Education – Charles Stango, Christine Chauncey, Ollie Gray
The decision to cross endorse the Mayor was met with some dissension in the Republican ranks, as it sounded like at least 6 members of the Town Committee voted against the cross endorsement.
Why would the GOP do this? Having come third place to the Dems and the Independents in the past three city elections (’03, ’05, ’07) and with a mere two seats on the 15 member Board of Aldermen, it’s an interesting situation where the Republicans are joining forces with the incumbent Democratic slate to try and gain over the Independents, who are considered “obstructionist”, and build their way back to the secondary minority party from there.
As Ghengis said in his earlier post on the subject “Thank you, Waterbury, for being interesting this year.”