The Danbury Democratic Town Committee has endorsed a mayoral candidate ahead of the Party’s nominating meeting in mid-July. At the regular April meeting Monday night, members voted by acclamation to endorse Roberto Alves. Committee Chair Andrea Gartner says Alves has raised $75,000 since he announced his candidacy in January and has the backing of Democratic members of the state legislative delegation.
She also cited a precedent set in 2019 during the last municipal election cycle when the party announced early. But at that time there was just one candidate who had come forward.
Two other Democrats are also seeking the party's nomination. Councilman John Esposito got into the race last week. He told the Newstimes that it's not right to endorse somebody so soon. Political newcomer Sedeaka Lawrence entered the race in February. He still plans to challenge Alves in a September primary.
The Danbury Republican Town Committee has not yet endorsed a candidate as no GOP has declared a mayoral run. Mayor Joe Cavo has not announced his intentions for the fall. The former Council President was appointed to lead the City in December when 10-term Mayor Mark Boughton resigned to become state Department of Revenue Services Commissioner.