WEST HARTFORD — Kate Farrar, Democratic candidate for State Representative in West Hartford’s 20th District, announced recently that she will be running in the party’s Primary in August.
“COVID-19 has exposed the real inequities in our economy, our health care and public health, and our educational system,” said Farrar. “The 20th District is the most diverse area of West Hartford — in income, age, race and ethnicity. Our community faces greater challenges. I’m running for State Representative to be a champion for equity and fairness for all.”
Farrar will be collecting the 218 signatures needed to place her name on the August 11 Primary ballot in the race for this open seat. The West Hartford Democratic Town Committee in the 20th District endorsed a second candidate at their nominating convention on Tuesday, May 19.
“I’ve always advocated for opening up the political process to bring in new voters, new ideas, and new energy,” says Farrar. “I was doorknocking back in winter, and I’ve personally called over 1,000 constituents during this crisis. I will keep reaching out all the way to August 11, when all of the registered Democratic voters throughout District 20 will be able to cast their vote for the candidate best prepared to serve them.”
Farrar has already earned the support of several prominent community and political leaders, including the 20th District’s former State Rep. David McCluskey and State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest in the neighboring district, former West Hartford Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 and UAW Region 9A unions, and leaders in the local immigrant communities in the area.
In 2018, first-time candidate Jillian Gilchrest in West Hartford’s 18th District did not earn the DTC’s initial endorsement; but went on to win both the Democratic primary and the general elections.
“I’ve been a champion for working families, women, and girls my whole life, and I don’t intend to stop now,” says Farrar.
With over 20 years’ experience as a non-profit advocate, Farrar is best known for her work as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, where she led the with the passage of Connecticut’s landmark Paid Family and Medical Leave law in 2019, ensuring no one needs to choose between their job and caring for a child, themselves or a loved one. She departed that role on Monday to focus full-time on reaching out to voters ahead of the August Primary.
Farrar has already pre-qualified for the state’s public campaign financing.
“My campaign team and I have been working tirelessly to support the residents of the 20th District before and throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and that is what we will continue to do. The upcoming years will be critical for our State, and I want to give everything I have to work on behalf of the people in the 20th District to help secure a safe and supported future for them.”