Less than 10% of the registered voters in the 75th District voted in the last municipal election. The largely Hispanic population in the South End of Waterbury has historically voted Democrat, but this year both the Republicans and Independents look to take their own cut. The woman above was photographed at an Hispanic rally for Neil O'Leary on November 2nd at the Portuguese Club on Baldwin Street.

                                      Story and Photographs By John Murray

   The 2011 mayoral campaign in Waterbury has been a battle, but the trench warfare that has erupted in the South End has triggered an Hispanic awakening that might decide which of the three candidates emerges victorious tomorrow night. The controversy in the South End centers around four-term incumbent Democrat State Representative David Aldarando, and the influence he holds in the 75th District. The district is dominated by Hispanics from a wide array of Spanish speaking countries, including: Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, El Salvador and Guatemala. And contrary to main stream popular opinion, these groups don't all like each other. Aldarando won re-election in 2010 by winning twice the number of votes as second place finisher Paul Nogueira, and appeared comfortably entrenched in a safe political seat.

                                 Photographs By John Murray

Five-term incumbent Mike Jarjura re-energized the Republican Party in Waterbury after he severed his 25 year tie to the Democrat Party in May, and unexpectedly joined the GOP. Jarjura is pictured above during a Sunday afternoon GOP rally at Jarjura Headquarters in the East End of Waterbury. In the photograph, from left to right, is Lynette Piombo, Steve Giacomi, Jarjura, Fred Luedke and Jason Van Stone. The Democrats cancelled their traditional rally to focus on intensive door to door canvasing, and the Independent Party will hold their rally Monday evening at Hopeville Cafe in the South End of the city.

                                                Photographs By John Murray

Fifteen of the 26 candidates for the Board of Aldermen showed up at Walsh School in the North End of Waterbury, Saturday afternoon, for a hastily rescheduled debate about issues facing the city. From left to right are Independent Party candidates Luis Quince Jr., Robert Petro III, Cicero Booker Jr., Lisa Lessard, Michael Simpson, Vincent Martinelli and Republicans Jerry Padula and Steve Giacomi. 

                                     Photographs By John Murray

Three Waterbury firemen and three Waterbury police officers carry a sculpture of a Gold Star Mother into City Hall Saturday morning.  The sculpture,  by Andrew Chernak, of Pennsylvania, is one of three in America honoring the sacrifice of parents who have lost a son or daughter in the service of the country. This memorial will be donated to the City of Waterbury from the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, at 7 P.M., in Waterbury City Hall.

   The sculptor, Andrew Chernak, at the Laran Fine Art Foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania, with his creation honoring Gold Star Mothers. This Memorial will be donated to the City of Waterbury from the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, at 7 P.M., in Waterbury City Hall.

   Bob Dorr is down getting the sculpture and bringing it back to Waterbury, Dorr says, "From 1917, to 2011, 529 men from Waterbury died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. They all had parents that loved them. This Memorial is for those they left behind."

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