Candidates for 2021 Municipal Election

We are pleased to announce our slate of candidates for the upcoming municipal elections.

As we canvas the city, our candidates will be asking for input from residents
about ongoing issues as well as the challenges Danbury will face in the future.

Roberto Alves for Mayor

  • Longtime Danburian
  • City Councilman At-Large
  • Graduate, Danbury Public Schools
  • Technical Sales Engineer, Cartus
  • Trustee, Danbury Museum & Historical Society
  • Member, Long Ridge Neighborhood Association
  • Married to lifelong Danburian, Robyn Wicks Alves, 2 children in Danbury Schools

Learn more at his campaign website.

Henry Hall for City Treasurer

40+ year Danbury resident

IT manager for Market Pros International

Member, Danbury Democratic Town Committee

Justice of the Peace

Graduate, Beloit College, Major in Government

over 30 years in software development, for multiple Fortune 500 Companies

Married to Caroline since 1978, three grown children born, raised, and educated in Danbury.



Andrea Gartner for Town Clerk

  • B.S. Government, Georgetown University
  • B.A. History, Western CT State University
  • Danbury Democratic Party Chair
  • Former Zoning Commissioner
  • Former Executive Director, CityCenter Danbury
  • Member, Arts & Aesthetics Committee, CityCenter Danbury
  • Former Member Danbury Main Street Partnership
  • Former Member, Main Street Renaissance Task Force
  • 2018 CT Entrepreneur of-the-Year Recipient
  • 2018 Michael Seri Citizen-of-the-Year Award Recipient
  • Board Member & Former VP, Cultural Alliance of Western CT
  • Small Business Owner
  • Proud mother of George, Mechanical & Computer Science Engineer
  • Member, St. George Church

Council at Large Candidates

Frank R. Salvatore Jr

Frank is currently the Administrator of Ancillary Services at the Greater Hudson Valley Health System in Middletown NY. He is a respiratory therapist who

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Robert Taborsak

Bob Taborsak taught history and social studies for 40 years at Danbury High School. During that time, he was a successful coach for both

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Gary Simone

Lifelong City Resident  Proud father to 3 boys 45yr Coach & Mentor to local youth  Served past and present on :  Danbury Youth baseball

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David Cardoso

Longtime Danbury Resident Graduate of Danbury High School Small Business Owner and Owner of Preferred Cleaning Services Community Volunteer Married to a lifelong Danburian.

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Ellen VanDyke Bell

Longtime Danbury Resident Danbury Attorney and Former Magistrate, State of CT, Judicial Branch Health Center Representative, CT Institute for Communities (CIFC) Corporate Secretary and

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Bill McAllister

Namesake of family in Danbury since 1835 Educated at St. Peter School and Immaculate High School B.A., Political Science, Iona College A.S., Fire Protection

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Silvia Merlim

25-year local resident  20+ years in sales  Recent Graduate with 3 honors, Paralegal Studies, NVCC  Collegiate studies, Social Sciences, Rio de Janeiro  Parent Leadership

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Council Ward 1

Dennis Perkins Jr.

  Native and Lifelong Danburian Graduate, Henry Abbott Technical School Graduate, Western CT Stet University Farmers Insurance Agency Owner Sports & Entertainment Co. Owner

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Chris Lewis

– Pastor, Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, the oldest African American Church in the city of Danbury – Graduate, B.A. from Purchase College –

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Council Ward 2

Helena Abrantes

Helena Abrantes is a long time Danbury resident and former City Clerk. She was also a City Council member and Legislative Leader. Helena is

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Bernie Gallo

Lifetime Danbury Resident S. Army Veteran Active Parishioner, St. Gregory the Great Church Member, Danbury Volunteer Fire Department Current Chairman, Environmental Impact Commission Former

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Council Ward 3

Molly Anderson-Diker

Longtime Danbury resident A. Indiana University, Psychology and Criminal Justice Advocate for Danbury Schools and students DSABC and Junior Achievement volunteer for Danbury Public

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Cheryl Duva

BS degree Cornell University Advisory Services Business Unit Leader, EXL Service Holdings Partner Deloitte & Touche, retired Public Speaker Former Board Member, Women’s Business

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Council Ward 4

Farley Santos

Farley is an incumbent 4th Ward Councilman. He grew up in Danbury, attended Danbury Public Schools and graduated from Henry Abbott Technical High School. 

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Joseph Britton

Current Member, Board of Education Chair, Board of Education Sites and Facilities Committee Born and Raised in Danbury Volunteer Teacher, Junior Achievement of Greater

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Council Ward 5

Duane Perkins

• Current Member Danbury City Council • BS in Marketing, Northeastern University • MBA in Management, University of Bridgeport • Professor of Business, N.V.C.C. • Founder &

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Fred Visconti

Serving on the City Council since 2003 Presently holds the position of Minority Legislature Leader/Chairman of the Council Audit Committee Appointed by Mayor Boughton

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Council Ward 6

Paul Taylor Rotello

INCUMBENT 6th Ward Councilman City Council Minority Caucus Leader Native Danburian Graduate Danbury Public Schools Successful Career in Professional Broadcasting Small Business Owner Blind

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Ben Chianese

• Current Danbury City Council Member • Graduate of W.C.S.U., BS in Accounting • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • Retired Member of the Army National Guard •

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Council Ward 7

Richard Molinaro

Rich Molinaro has been a staple in our community for many years. He was born and raised in Danbury and graduated from Danbury High

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Wilson Hernandez

Longtime Danbury resident. former President, Vice President, and treasurer of the Ecuadorian Civic Center 10-year board member, Association of Religious Communities (ARC) Downtown business

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Vote Row A All The Way!

Board of Education

Joe DaSilva Jr.

• Native & Lifelong Danburian • Graduate, Danbury Public Schools • B.A. and M.A., WCSU • J.D., Quinnipiac University • Attorney, DePanfilis & Vallerie

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Luisa Zagottis Britton

Adjunct Professor, University of Bridgeport Director of Operations, Redwood Realty LLC Former Shelter Rock PTO Co-President Former Treasurer, Western CT Youth Hockey Association Board

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Jean Rivot

 Mother of three DHS graduates  Former teacher, Danbury Public Schools Former teacher, EF International Academy  Former Professor, Broward College  Author of three books  M.

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Zoning Commission

Theodore J. Haddad, Jr.

Current Chairman, Zoning Commission Former Member of the Equal Rights and  Opportunities Commission Past Member, Zoning Board of Appeals Member, St. Ann’s Church

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Richard Jowdy

Born and Raised in Danbury Current Member of Zoning Commission Real Estate Investor Member, Lebanon American Club of Danbury Member, St. Anthony’s Church Former

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Sidney Almeida

INCUMBENT Zoning Commissioner Longtime Danbury Resident A., WCSU Licensed Real Estate Agent Small Business Owner, Almeida Real Estate Appraisal Services Member, Portuguese Cultural Center

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Ryan Hawley

INCUMBENT Zoning Commissioner Native and Lifelong Danburian Graduate, Danbury Public Schools B.A., Western CT State University Former member, WCSU Student Government Assoc. Activist, Nurse’s

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Sonia Havasi

Graduate, UFPE, Brazil Former middle and high School teacher Longtime Danbury Resident Former Chronicle writer Former community newspaper editor-in-chief Activist, immigrant rights Married to

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Wes Johnson

Longtime Danbury Resident Graduate, Clarks Summit University Pastor of The Gathering Community Church Member of The Danbury Re-entry Roundtable 2nd VP of The Danbury

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Nelson Merchan III

• Graduate Wooster School, Danbury CT • B.A. Political Science, University of Connecticut • President, Merchan Group • Vice President of Marketing, Light Node

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Larry Morgan

  30-year resident of Danbury S., Engineering Industrial Operations, Cornell University MA Health Services Administration, Cornell University B.A., Boston University Former Director for Health

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Jolie Ospina

Graduate Nassau Community College Director of Dining Services for several companies Awards in Inclusion and Diversity Awareness Volunteer for political awareness Active in Danbury

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Zoning Alternate

Zeus Zegarra

Longtime Danbury Resident – Immigrated from Peru to Danbury in 1997 Graduate from Danbury Public schools WCSU graduate – Bachelors in Business Management/Supervisory MBA

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Olga Mejia

Longtime Danburian Business entrepreneur Alumni of Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Advocate for equity amongst children of all races, gender, and preferences. Community Messenger

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Butch Coladarci

Incumbent Danbury Constable Native Danburian Graduate, Danbury Public Schools Graduate, Henry Abbott Technical School Graduate, Waterbury State Technical College Retired Engineer Specialist Member, St.

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