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Two Democrats Seek Endorsement for Mayor

New Britain Democrats Alderman Paul Catanzaro and State Rep. Tim O’Brien (D-24) have announced their intentions to run for mayor. “I’m running for Mayor because New Britain is where I was born, raised and lived all my life. I love this City that has been so good to me and want to help make it the City I know it can be again,” said Catanzaro. “I have been helping people all my life and there is no better gift than to help someone whether they are less fortunate or starting a new business. The issues facing this City are many, like Economic Development, taxes and the needs of all our residents from pre-school to the elderly.
Catanzaro is in his fourth term as Alderman at Large. He works in the parks and recreation department for the city. He attended Smalley Elementary School, Nathan Hale Junior High school and New Britain High School. He has been a volunteer for the Civil Defense Squad since 1974 and in the Auxiliary Police Department since 1980.  He is a member of the Italian Fraternal, the Austrian Singing Society, and AFSCME local 1186 Council 4 AFL-CIO as well as former union president. He is a member of the New Britain NAACP, a former board member and president of the Human Resources Agency, a non-profit organization helping the city’s needy for over 40 years.

O’Brien, who is in his fifth term as state Representative, told family and friends last week at the Italian Fraternal Society of his intentions to run again for mayor. “Two years ago my campaign came very close to winning the election by advocating for change to create jobs and improve our local economy, address unfair property taxes, ensure quality education and improve neighborhood quality of life,” said O’Brien.  “I am proud that we inspired a lot ofpeople who were skeptical to believe that we could make meaningful changefor the better in New Britain – and I am running now because people of our city deserve a better future.”

O’Brien said, as a Democrat, that having a Democrat in the Mayor’s office is not as important as, “making sure that the Democratic Party stands up for what’s right, and that a Democratic Mayor stands up for what’s right.” “I want to stand up for what is right in our city, and that’s why I am running for Mayor of New Britain,” Rep. O’Brien said. O’Brien, was on the city council for 5 years before becoming state representative and is married to Rhona Cohen and has a stepson, Eoin, and a daughter, Olivia.

The Town Committee will endorse a slate of candidates in July, including mayor, tax collector, treasurer, 15 for common council seats, two for board of assessment appeals and four constables for two-year terms. Three Board of Education seats will be endorsed for four-year terms. The Republicans have yet to state if Mayor Timothy T. Stewart will run again for mayor.