For awhile it looked as though Republican Mark Boughton would be up for his seventh term as Mayor of Danbury unchallenged this fall. But by the deadline of 4pm last Wednesday, Democrat Paul McAllister had collected 552 signatures in his support, 13 more than required.
This last-minute challenge is characteristic of the Danbury Democrats; the past few mayoral elections have shown poor attempts at cohesive campaigns from the party. According to The News-Times, McAllister served on the Democratic council for eight years in the late 90s and early 2000s and he will be planning his campaign and fundraising efforts throughout the coming weeks.
State political writers have also been speculating that Boughton will enter the gubernatorial race in 2014. He ran unsusccessfully alongside Tom Foley as lieutenant governor in 2010.