Monday night, the Danbury Democratic Town Committee gathered and voted unanimously to endorse the only candidate for Mayor who ever came close to beating Republican Mark Boughton — former City Council President Chris Setaro.

It's official, now that Setaro is nominated, it'll be a rematch of November 2001. That's when Setaro came the closest of any Democratic challenger to actually beating Mayor Boughton. In that race, which was Mark's first bid for the office of Mayor, Setaro lost by just 127 votes and got 48.8% of the vote.

Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Andrea Gartner told CT Post that she is very excited about the idea of Setaro going up against Boughton for a second time.

We are on our way to laying down the groundwork for our local elections to be as successful as we were last November. This past year as chair has been a lively one and I’m confident the upcoming one will be just as exhilarating … All I can say is fasten your seatbelts.

Another thing the party is doing this year is nominating their candidate early. Usually the party waits till their summer convention, but in order to take advantage of resources the state offers for people running for public office, it's better to have things in place earlier rather then later.

Former Danbury Mayor Gene Eriquez is another longtime Danbury Democrat who told CT Post that he's very optimistic about the party’s most serious run against Boughton since he was elected.

We’re all in. It’s a Democratic city and it’s time it looked like it at the top.

Chris Setaro announces his candidacy for Mayor of Danbury: