Prospect mayor to run for re-election as state’s longest serving chief elected official

Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield (WTNH / Brian Spyros)

PROSPECT, Conn. (WTNH)– Voters will be heading to the polls across Connecticut Tuesday to cast their votes in a number of races. But, in one community, the race for mayor is already determined.

Tuesday is a big day for Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield, in more ways than one. He’s running for re-election unopposed, but that’s not all.

“At quarter to 9 on Election Day, because I was elected on November 7, 1977, I’ll start my 41st year as full time plus mayor of Prospect,” said Chatfield.

Chatfield has been running the town for more than four decades, making him the longest serving chief elected official in Connecticut.

“I was hoping for at least 10 and it just kept mushrooming and I just kept working hard. As you saw I was here at 10 after 5 this morning. Saturdays included,” said Chatfield.

We are talking about politics so opinions will always vary. But Mayor Chatfield says he’s done good things for the town. One of his biggest accomplishments was bringing city water to Prospect with the help of grant money.

“I think he’s done a great job so far why change something if it’s working,” said Carol Jones.

Carol Jones owns the Prospect Dairy Bar restaurant. She interacts with a number of locals on a daily basis and hears all the chatter.

“They’re surprised nobody is running against him but if you see how long he’s been in office and what a great job he’s done why attempt? It’s a losing battle,” said Jones.

The republican mayor says there are a number of reasons why he’s held this office for so long.

“So I’m keeping up with the younger generation, older generation. As you can see I’ve got gray hair so I’m a senior. I keep busy, dedicated. Available 24/7. Others say it,” said Chatfield.

In terms of when he’ll call it quits, that doesn’t seem to be in his plans. Unless the political process decides otherwise.

“I’ll be 75 in August and I’ll just keep trucking along.”

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