Mark Boughton

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Mark Boughton
Mayor Mark Boughton.jpg
Mayor of Danbury
Assumed office
January 1, 2002
Preceded byGene Eriquez
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 138th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 1, 2002
Succeeded byGrace Scire
Personal details
Born (1964-02-20) February 20, 1964 (age 54)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationCentral Connecticut State University (BS)
Western Connecticut State University (MS)
WebsiteGovernment website

Mark D. Boughton (born February 20, 1964) is an American politician who has served as mayor of Danbury, Connecticut since 2002.[1][2] He was the Republican endorsed candidate for governor of Connecticut in 2018, but lost the primary election to Bob Stefanowski.[3]

Early career[edit]

Boughton was in the United States Army Reserve from 1983 to 1989 where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He began teaching Social Studies at Danbury High School in 1987. He was a member of the Danbury Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998. He began his political career as a State Representative for the 138th District of Connecticut in 1998. He was elected to a second term as a State Representative in 2000 before being elected mayor in 2001. Boughton achieved a perfect voting record in the General Assembly and was a member of the Education Committee and ranking member of the Environment Committee.[4]


Boughton graduated from Danbury High School in 1982, after which he attended Central Connecticut State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Education Degree in American History. Boughton went on to receive a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Western Connecticut State University where he was on the Alumni Board of Directors.[5]

Mayor of Danbury[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Christopher C. Setaro 7,176 48.80%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 7,303 49.75% Republican
Independent Thomas E. Bennett 213 1.45%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Arconti 5,592 38.61%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 8,776 60.60% Republican hold
Independent Alexander Nahas 115 0.79%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dean E. Esposito 5,803 41.97%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 8,022 58.03% Republican hold
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Helena M. Abrantes 4,453 33.34%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 8,718 65.27% Republican hold
Concerned Citizens John J. McGowan III 186 1.39%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gary M. Goncalves 4,365 34.17%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 8,409 65.83% Republican hold
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lynn H. Taborsak 3,458 28.81%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 8,546 71.19% Republican hold
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul McAllister 3,285 29.64%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 7,797 70.36% Republican hold
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mark D. Boughton 5,486 88.10% Republican hold
Independent Mark D. Boughton 741 11.90%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Al Almeida 4,475 36.52%
Republican Mark D. Boughton 7,779 63.48% Republican hold

Mayoral history[edit]

Mayors and Executives for Immigration Reform[edit]

On December 9, 2005, it was announced that Boughton and Suffolk County (NY) Executive Steve Levy were forming Mayors and Executives for Immigration Reform, a group that would lobby federal lawmakers to overhaul immigration laws.[10]

The Danbury 11[edit]

A case that would make national headlines and play out for over four years began on September 19, 2006, when eleven-day laborers were arrested in Danbury. A sting operation had been set up where day laborers were lured into a van whose driver, posing as a contractor, promised them work. The laborers were driven to a parking lot where, if it was determined they were in the US illegally, initial reports indicated that they were arrested by agents of ICE. In interviews afterwards, Boughton stated that ICE had acted alone, and that the City of Danbury played no part in the arrests.[11]

On Monday, February 4, 2008, Judge Michael Straus wrote in a public ruling that Danbury police did not exceed their authority during the undercover operation and that agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not rely on racial profiling to make the arrests.[12]

On March 8, 2011, it was confirmed a settlement had been reached in the case, on the City's insurance carrier's recommendation, whereby Danbury agreed to pay the laborers $400,000 (Danbury's insurance carrier paid the settlement plus legal fees of close to $1,000,000, less a $100,000 deductible). (The federal government agreed to pay them $250,000.) As part of the settlement, the City did not admit any wrongdoing and there were no changes in the city's policies or procedures. "I know we were right," Boughton said. "If someone's civil rights were violated, as they allege, you wouldn't settle for a cash payment, but you would want some changes in policy."[13][14][15]

City Line 311[edit]

In his 2006 “State of the City” address, Mayor Boughton announced that Danbury would be joining 25 other cities in providing a free 311 service.[16] On December 18, 2006 the service was launched and as of July 2015 City Line 311 is now 24/7.[17]

Prescription Discount Cards[edit]

In January 2013, Mayor Boughton announced a program that allows residents to obtain savings on prescriptions that are not covered under their current insurance plans. Prescription Drug Discount Cards were sent in the mail to every Danbury resident and are available at City Hall. By 2014, 2,326 prescriptions were filled using the card saving Danbury residents over $151,600 in costs.[18]

Clean Start[edit]

On May 23, 2016, the City of Danbury helped Jericho Partnership launch a homeless employment initiative called "Clean Start."[19] The program's goal is to provide job coaching and employment mentoring to the homeless. Jericho volunteers oversee the displaced residents pick up litter throughout the city. Each day after a number of work hours, the workers are paid with gift cards.[20]

Gubernatorial candidacies[edit]

In 2010, after a failed attempt to gain the Connecticut Republican gubernatorial nomination, Boughton aligned with incumbent Lt. Governor Michael Fedele to run as his lieutenant governor. In the primary election, however, Tom Foley defeated Fedele for the party's nomination for governor while Boughton won his bid for lieutenant governor.[21] The resultant Foley-Boughton ticket lost the general election to Democrats Dannel Malloy and Nancy Wyman by 6,404 votes (0.56%)[22] out of 1.15 million votes cast.[23]

For the 2014 election, Boughton kicked off his campaign for governor in January teamed with Heather Somers, former mayor of the Town of Groton, for lieutenant governor. Shortly after the Republican convention, Somers announced she would run for lieutenant governor solo and withdrew from the partnership with Boughton. Boughton then moved to Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti as a running mate, but it turned out there was not enough time for Lauretti to get the signatures of 8,190 registered Republican voters in order to petition his way onto the primary ballot. Without a running mate to pool his campaign funds with, Boughton was unable to collect the $250,000 in donations required to qualify for public campaign financing. He withdrew from the race in June.[24]

In November 2016, Boughton formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2018[25]. On January 9, 2018, he announced he would run for governor.[26] On May 12, he won the Republican endorsement for governor at the State Republican Convention in the third round of balloting.[27] In the August 14 Republican primary, he lost the gubernatorial race to Bob Stefanowski.[28]

Awards & Accolades[edit]

  • 2016 – Received U.S. Conference of Mayors “Small Business Advocacy Award” for his support of small business in the city.[29]
  • 2016 – Mayor Boughton held the elected position of President to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.[30]
  • 2015 – Received the Prescott Bush Award from the Connecticut Republican Party.[31]
  • 2013 – Business Insider list of “15 Politicians Who Are Killing It On Twitter”[32]

Personal life[edit]

Boughton was born February 20, 1964 in Danbury to Rae (Linstrum) and Donald W. Boughton. His father was a city councilman in Danbury, and also was Danbury's mayor and a Connecticut State Representative (109th District).[33]

He and his wife Phyllis divorced in 2016 after 19 years of marriage.[34][35]


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