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Free pre-K part of Danbury mayoral challenger’s school plan

The News-Times Insider May 22, 2019

DANBURY — Free pre-kindergarten programs and a commission to study the needs of the city’s bulging school system are part of a plan by a Democratic mayoral candidate to bolster public education.

“Danbury has had the lowest per-pupil spending of any other town or city in Connecticut for the past three years,” said Chris Setaro, who is challenging GOP Mayor Mark Boughton in November. “Blue Ribbon schools in the city have everything to do with the dedication of the district’s talented and passionate educators who do their best every day despite not getting the resources they need.”

Mayoral Candidate Bashes Ballooning City Budget

Daily Voice Plus May 21, 2019

Chris Setaro, a Democrat running for Danbury mayor, is turning up the heat when it comes to government spending.

“The city’s budget has ballooned more than $100 million in the last 18 years — an increase of more than 70 percent,” Setaro said.

Danbury’s $261.5 million municipal budget was approved on May 7 by the City Council, 14 to 7, along political party lines. 

Danbury budget approval gets thumbs down from Dems

The News-Times May 8, 2019

DANBURY — Mayor Mark Boughton’s $261.5 million budget passed — though Democrats on the City Council are not happy with the city’s spending plan.

The budget was approved 14 to 7 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting with all of the Democrats opposing. The biggest critique was there wasn’t enough money for schools and cultural components, such as the Danbury Museum and Tarrywile Park.

Setaro issues statement on Danbury budget

DANBURY, C.T. – Chris Setaro, Democrat running for Mayor of Danbury, issued the following statement about the 2020 Danbury city budget.

“The city’s budget has ballooned more than $100 million in the last 18 years – an increase of more than 70 percent. While this latest budget proposal doesn’t increase the mill rate, it still increases spending by more than $4.5 million. But not enough of those dollars are going to our schools, improving our roads, or hiring more police officers. For the last three years, the city spent less per student than anyone else in the state, 169 out of 169, and our students are suffering. If we want things to improve, we can’t keep following the status quo – and that’s why I’m running for Mayor.”

“It’s time to have a real conversation about the city’s priorities and direct resources to where they are needed the most. As Mayor, I will prioritize education, infrastructure, and safety, and use every means to raise the revenue we need to hold the line on taxes. Investments made today in better schools, improved roads and community policing will make Danbury an attractive destination for new businesses and families tomorrow and well into the future.”

Campaign Cash Rolling in for Danbury Mayoral Race

The News-Times April 13, 2019

DANBURY – Tens of thousands of dollars are pouring into the election campaigns of GOP Mayor Mark Boughton and Democrat Chris Setaro – an early indication of the widespread interest the November race.

Months before the contest for the city’s top elected office is expected to heat up, Setaro has raised $105,000 and Boughton has brought in $66,000, according to campaign finance disclosure statements for the first three months of 2019, filed earlier this week with the clerk’s office.

U.S Rep. Jahana Hayes attends fundraiser for Chris Setaro

Danbury Patch March 18, 2019

DANBURY, CT — U.S Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5, was the guest speaker during a fundraising dinner held Saturday at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury for Democratic mayoral candidate Chris Setaro.

Setaro, a former City Council President, said he was honored to have the congresswoman’s support as he looks to implement a new plan for Danbury’s future to address aging infrastructure and overcrowded schools. More than 250 people attended the event.

Danbury Democrats Endorse Chris Setaro for Mayor

The News-Times Feb. 4, 2019

DANBURY — No one has ever come as close to defeating Mayor Mark Boughton in a municipal election as Chris Setaro, so Democrats are clearing the decks to give him another shot this year.

The Danbury Democratic Town Committee voted unanimously Monday night to endorse the attorney and former City Council president to run a rematch of his hotly contested 2001 race against Boughton, which the mayor won by fewer than 140 votes.