#51: Mayor Mark Boughton

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Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times

Danbury likes Mark Boughton – he was reelected to serve his sixth term as Mayor this past Election Day with more than 71% of the vote.

 


 

Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times

Danbury likes Mark Boughton – he was reelected to serve his sixth term as Mayor this past Election Day with more than 71% of the vote.  This year, Boughton campaigned on moderate spending and attracting big-name businesses to Danbury, all of which sounded downright sensible compared to Democratic challenger Lynn Taborsak’s plans to spend millions more in education and add 20 police officers to the force.

Unless Boughton makes his way to state politics (which he very well may – he ran for Governor and then Lt. Governor last year, and he has been shortlisted by the GOP’s chairman for the 2014 gubernatorial race), he may have a seventh or eighth term in his future.  For the past few mayoral elections, Danbury’s Democrats have not been able to pull together a cohesive or well-planned campaign, giving Boughton little competition.

Aside from his extensive resume as Mayor, Boughton also has one of the most entertaining and informative Twitter feeds around.  He’s a funny guy, and refers to himself en hashtag as #bigpoppa.  Follow him @MayorMark.

-Amanda Bloom

 

 

UPDATE – 5/15/12 – Did you know that Boughton’s tweets were recognized in New York magazine?

“The Approval Matrix” is the New York‘s cultural magnifying glass, placing people, people’s actions, products, news bites, TV shows, etc. on a grid with axes of highbrow, lowbrow, despicable and brilliant.  Boughton’s tweets, specifically his self-reference “Big Poppa”, fall in the “Lowbrow – Brilliant” category of the May 16, 2011 edition of “The Approval Matrix”, along with the “oddly hip” soundtrack to the Disney movie Prom.  For contrast, Michelle Obama dancing with middle school kids for her health campaign was both highbrow and brilliant, Mariah Carey naming one of her sons “Moroccan Scott” was lowbrow and despicable, and Beyonce’s inadequate red carpet time at the Costume Institute was deemed highbrow and despicable.

 

New York: “The Approval Matrix: Week of May 16, 2011”

 

 

 

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