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  Waterbury Mayor Ousted
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Last EditedMadViking  Sep 14, 2005 03:29pm
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News DateWednesday, September 14, 2005 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWATERBURY -- Former Waterbury Tax Collector Karen Mulcahy defeated two-term Mayor Michael Jarjura in the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, ending a turbulent race between two bitter foes.

Vote totals were not immediately available as Jarjura conceded to Mulcahy.

"The voters of Waterbury wanted a change," Jarjura told The Associated Press. "It was a hard-fought campaign."

Jarjura partly blamed his loss on "very tough policy changes" that called for contract concessions among some city workers. "That hurt us with a core Democratic constituency," he said.

Jarjura, 44, who served for four years, said the race was "one of the most unpleasant campaigns I've been through." He will serve through Dec. 1.

Jarjura fired Mulcahy, 50, in March 2004, prompting her to sue the mayor over allegations of civil rights violations.

Mulcahy had said that Jarjura fired her because she would not help out his political cronies. Jarjura said Mulcahy's attacks were unfair and baseless. Both criticized each other on a number of issues, including personal finances.
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