Boughton Becomes a Contender for Connecticut Governor

Mark Boughton, a Republican in his sixth term as Mayor of Danbury, says he's doing his homework ahead of the 2014 Election.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's announcement. Credit: Mark Langlois
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's announcement. Credit: Mark Langlois

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton laid the groundwork Wednesday for a run as Connecticut's next governor.

Boughton, a Republican who is seeking his seventh straight term as Mayor of Danbury, announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run for Connecticut governor in 2014.

"I'm only a candidate now for one office, that's for the office of mayor," Boughton told a gathering of media at Danbury High School Wednesday. "Right now we have to do our homework."

That homework is finding out if he can raise enough money to run for governor and whether he will get the backing of the Republican party.

Boughton said he will decide to run or not by Jan. 1. In the meantime, he is running for mayor for the seventh time in November. If elected, he would hold the record as the city's longest serving mayor.

With the creation of the exploratory committee, Boughton joins the company of fellow Republican John McKinney, a Republican state Senator from Fairfield County, who announced in July his intentions for state government's top job.

While he has not yet publicly announced a run, it's widely believed that the main contender on the Republican side is Tom Foley, a multi-millionaire who ran and lost in 2010 against Democrat Dannel P. Malloy.

Foley won the Republican party's bid in 2010 after beating out Boughton. Boughton then ran as Foley's lieutenant governor. Boughton said Wednesday he won't do that again.

The Plan of Attack

Boughton, whose Twitter presence earned him international acclaim this year, said he expects to use social media to both communicate with people and help raise campaign funds.

Already, he's created a Facebook page, "Mark Boughton For Connecticut," and he'll be plugging away on his existing Twitter account, "MayorMark" which he pointed out Wednesday has nearly 12,000 followers. Boughton has also set up a website to take in donations

Back in Danbury

Boughton is running in Danbury for mayor against former City Council Member Paul McAllister, who is running on the Democratic Party ticket as a petitioning candidate.

Democratic Party Chairman Joe DaSilva said Boughton has clearly signaled what job he wants, the job of governor.

"The voters have a choice of who they want for mayor and the mayor has made his choice about which job he wants. For the second time in four years, he's said he clearly wants another job," DaSilva said. 
D August 15, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Mark, I live in Danbury and asked you many times for your help with my home. Your City would not help me at all. You would NOT take the time to sit with me and listen to my problem. You didn't care about me and I'm from your city! And i'm still going through hell with my problem and your city hall will not help me, so I had to pay a lawyer and now I am getting some answers. You will not get my vote and everyone that knows what I have been going through.
Norma August 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Remember, Mark has also made Danbury city employees all part-time workers. There is NO city hall access on Fridays, the roads are being worked on only 2 or 3 days a week when they are an ACTIVE project. Just think what will become of the state if he gets in.
D August 16, 2013 at 07:27 AM
I know it will be scary!!!!
Paul Ricard August 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM
God help us all!
g August 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Norma, They aren't part time, they are full time city workers. Who work a 4 day week. Most of them do not work full days, and there are a ton of Monday holidays which make 20% of the year 3 day weeks at Danbury City Hall.


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