War Horse

(editor's note - this column is published every other month. It is written by the executive director of the Palace Theater in downtown Waterbury, Frank Tavara. It's mission is to provide readers with a peek behind the curtain to see how the theater operates)

Former Waterbury police chief Neil O'Leary announced his candidacy for mayor in early February. O'Leary had agreed not to challenge Mike Jarjura in 2009 when the mayor promised to support him in 2011. Jarjura changed his mind, but the Democratic establishment, which had helped broker the arrangement in 2009, threw its support behind O'Leary. Without party support, and with philosophical differences with state and federal Democratic leaders, Jarjura announced on May 31st that he had switched parties and is now a Republican. Photo by John Murray

Old Time Political Nonsense

J. Paul Vance Jr.

   Waterbury mayoral candidate and former four-term President of the Waterbury Board of Alderman, J. Paul Vance, Jr., commented today on Mayor Michael J. Jarjura’s defection from the Democrat to the Republican parties.


It's Official

Jarjura Switches Political Party

Photographs By John Murray


Honoring The

Supreme Sacrifice

Photographs By John Murray

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Sam Beamon


Party's Over

Story By John Murray

   The Waterbury Observer has confirmed that Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura is switching political parties and will head the Republican ticket in November. The official announcement was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, but when two top GOP lawmakers – Tony D’Amelio and Selim Noujaim – couldn’t make it, the press conference was re-scheduled for May 31st, at Waterbury City Hall.


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