by Jennifer Swift
Aug 14, 2013
11:35 AMConnecticut Politics
Danbury Mayor Boughton: Democrats ‘Scared’ as He Weighs Bid for Governor
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“It continues to be my honor to serve the people of Danbury, which is why I chose to make this announcement in my hometown today,” Boughton said in the statement. “Here in Danbury, and across our state, we continue to feel the devastating effects of a Malloy administration that spends too much, taxes too much, and lacks accountability.”
The bottom line, Boughton said, is that in any office he holds, the guiding policies will be to put people over politics and to “serve all of the residents all of the time.”
For a taste of what that looks like in the digital age, see the Boughton stream @MayorMark on Twitter, his Facebook page, and his Danbury re-election Web site, www.mayormark.com. For more on his issues with the Malloy administration, see the posts on Mayor Mark's Blog.
Boughton was born Feb. 20, 1964, in Danbury. He graduated from Danbury High School and went to Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in history. He went on to Western Connecticut State University for a Master’s Degree in educational psychology.
In 1983, his bio says, he joined the infantry in the U.S. Army Reserve and served until 1989, achieving the rank of sergeant. He came back to Danbury high in 1987 as a social studies teacher.
His political career began with a post on Danbury’s Planning Commission, from 1995 to 1998, when he also ran a local cabinetry business. He was then elected as the state representative in the 138th district, serving two terms, before being elected Danbury’s mayor in 2001. Currently serving his sixth term, he is the longest serving Republican mayor in the city’s history.
His wife, Phyllis Boughton, owns and manages a small business in Danbury.