October 4, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Al Almeida at 203-837-7236 or

DANBURY – Democratic candidate for Mayor, Al Almeida, expressed frustration and disappointment that his opponent, Mark Boughton, has claimed that his schedule does not allow time for mayoral debates. Almeida has called for two debates before Election Day, November 7th.

“As candidates, we have an obligation to be heard before the voters,” Almeida stated. “Furthermore, the voting public has a right to hear from those who want to lead our city. I am available anytime before the election to debate and discuss the issues of importance to Danbury and our future.”

Almeida added, “The Democratic Team immediately responded ‘yes’ to requests from the Greater Danbury NAACP and the League of Women Voters when asked weeks ago. Yet, we were informed by both groups that the Mayor and Republicans declined to debate due to unavailable time in the Mayor’s sehedule. Really? Perhaps this is due to his more focused efforts in seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination instead of devoting his attention to the city he wants to continue to lead. As I’ve previously said, the Mayor’s office is not a consolation prize. Or, he doesn’t want to defend his record of increasing taxes every year while school funding, services and city maintenance decline.”

Almeida and the Democratic Team have been reaching voters though phone calls, door-to-door canvassing, mailings, neighborhood gatherings, house parties and attending community events. “This is what candidates must and should do – be seen and heard by the public so voters can make well informed decisions come Election Day. And, it is most important to hear citizens’ concerns and desires for a better Danbury. Debates and civil discourse provide that opportunity. Our country was founded on this democratic belief and principle,” Almeida said.

“As the French essayist, Joseph Joulbert, once said, ‘it is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.’ I believe it is arrogant to think that that only one person’s perspective matters when it comes to leading our city,” Almeida concluded.

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