Waterbury: Vance Forces Primary

Board of Aldermen President J. Paul Vance Jr. (D) turned in far more signatures than needed to force a primary against incumbent Mayor Mike Jarjura.

If the primary does go forward, it’s worth remembering that Jarjura has been vulnerable among Democrats in the past. He lost a primary battle in 2005, only to come back and win an historic victory as a write-in candidate. Jarjura has been endorsed by both Republicans and Democrats, so he will be on the November ballot no matter what (there is no GOP primary).

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9 responses to “Waterbury: Vance Forces Primary

  1. famillionaire

    Way to go VANCE!
    There is only one true Democrat in this primary and it is Vance. If Jarjura was really a Democrat, he would have rejected the Republican nomination. Instead he is working to help rebuild their party (I can’t believe Waterbury R’s have to turn to Jarjura to save their party!). The backroom deals and government for political insiders only needs to stop.

  2. Definitely exciting times for Waterbury!! Change is coming and Vance is the man to lead the charge!! We’ve seen time and time again that backroom deals and insider politics will only lead to corruption. This is NOT what Waterbury needs now or ever! These days Jarjura can’t decide if he is a Democrat or Republican, but I can tell you there is only one true and loyal Democrat in this race and that person is Paul Vance. Waterbury needs more than balanced budgets — it needs someone with a vision and the motivation to move Waterbury forward. Vance is the best candidate to bring city government back to basics that creates jobs and works for everyone — not just those with the deepest pockets. Ultimately, Waterbury’s future depends on each of us. Let’s get out there and remind our family, friends, neighbors to vote in the primary on September 15th. Together, we can do better!

  3. Way to go VANCE!There is only one true Democrat in this primary and it is Vance. If Jarjura was really a Democrat, he would have rejected the Republican nomination. Instead he is working to help rebuild their party (I can’t believe Waterbury R’s have to turn to Jarjura to save their party!). The backroom deals and government for political insiders only needs to stop.

    Can you please define a “true” Democrat? Is Jarjura not a real Democrat simply because he reaches out to the other side? Is that a bad thing to do? Please, edjumacate me.

  4. famillionaire

    There is a big difference betwen reaching out to the other side – which I support – and leading the ticket against one’s own party. Someone who is a “true” Democrat (or Republican) would stand for certain ideals and proposals that are generally accepted by members of their party and would stand firm behind them and with the members of that party. Jarjura has thrown the Democratic party ticket under the bus by leading the Republican ticket. IN fact, he actually says that it is his hope that his leading the ticket will mean more votes for Republicans!

  5. Tom Van Stone

    There is a big difference betwen reaching out to the other side – which I support – and leading the ticket against one’s own party.

    If the Democrats picked Jarjura and not Vance, then how is Jarjura leading a ticket against his own party?

    And what are these party values you speak of that Jarjura should espouse in a gallant charge against the Republican’s? Last I checked, there wasn’t much difference between either party at the Municipal level. It’s not like Waterbury’s mayoral candidates will be debating Rowe v. Wade or our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Being mayor asks the officeholder to maintain the status quo, balance a budget, keep the streets clean, keep taxes as low as possible and keep our school’s on the right path.

    So far, Jarjura’s done all that very well.

  6. Tom Van Stone

    and would stand firm behind them and with the members of that party. Jarjura has thrown the Democratic party ticket under the bus by leading the Republican ticket. IN fact, he actually says that it is his hope that his leading the ticket will mean more votes for Republicans!

    Do you blame him? The democratic party threw HIM under the bus for Karen Mulcahy last election and he STILL won a write in campaign by a fair margin.

    I get that you’re a Vance supporter – I like him, too. He’s a great guy and I wouldn’t mind supporting him, either. But let’s not get too hasty, here.

  7. IN fact, he actually says that it is his hope that his leading the ticket will mean more votes for Republicans!

    I’d like to see *that* cite.

    However, considering the shape Waterbury was in and the fact that they’ve enjoyed how many balanced budgets in a row?
    Eight?

    Let’s compare cities too – pretty tough since New Haven refuses to send their crime stats to the FBI; but let’s face it, you can drive safely through Waterbury without first donning a Kevlar vest.

    Further, in contrast to the resident whiner in Hartford, we haven’t seen endless displays of the Waterbury Mayor crying for more state aid every other week.

    The over-whelming majority of municipal issues are handled best with common sense – NOT party politics.
    There is no left or right to clearing snow, patrolling the streets or putting out fires.

    The truth is Jarjura has not succumbed to the more usual spending habits of his Democratic brethren; nor would he cooperate with the far-left’s efforts to shun his friend and ally Joe Lieberman – and that has been driving some too partisan for their own good Democrats absolutely berserk for some time now.

  8. Weird

    Tom Van Stone posted minutes before I did, and prior to my seeing it (#4 was the last when I began) and hit almost all the same points.

    That Van Stone; he’s a sharp Republican young man I tell ya!

  9. . He’s a great guy and I wouldn’t

    I have to meet this Vance guy.

    Any Waterbury Dem that can’t get a bad remark, a snide aside, no grief what so ever, *ever* from any of the Republicans that know him, HAS to be a decent fellow.

    One assumes he’s an honorable man who’s handshake can be taken seriously and who apparently is known to be loyal.

    Loyalty matters more in Waterbury politics than anyplace else on earth.

    That ethic is I think the best thing about Waterbury.

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