WEST HARTFORD — Kate Farrar, longtime champion for women and girls, recently declared her candidacy for state Representative in the 20th District, which encompasses the southeastern portion of West Hartford. Farrar will run as a Democrat in the upcoming 2020 election, according to a news release from the candidate.
The district’s current state representative, Joe Verrengia (D), announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election.
“Now is the time for new energy with proven leadership to step up and create the progressive change we need to advance our community and our state,” said Farrar. “I have spent 20 years as a non-profit advocate fighting to make our world a more equitable place. Today I am running for State Representative to be a champion for these values on behalf of the 20th District at our State Capitol.”
Farrar currently serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. She was a leader in the successful passage of the state’s paid family and medical leave law last year — one of the strongest in the country.
“In all aspects of my life, I’ve learned that the most important attributes to service are listening and collaboration. It is critical that we continually ask who is missing from the decision-making table, and create new ways to ensure that they are represented.”
Farrar is a first-time candidate, but has spent years helping hundreds of young women to run for local office. She created Elect Her, the only program in the country that trains college women to run for student government and political office. Farrar also led the Women Under Forty PAC, raising money to support women age 40 and under who run for Congress, regardless of party.
Farrar grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.
“Of all the places in our wonderful state, I chose to live in West Hartford for its diverse community, commitment to education, and vibrant businesses and neighborhoods,” said Farrar.
Farrar is an active volunteer in West Hartford with the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, the Foundation for West Hartford Schools, and as a Town Council Alternate on zoning issues. She lives in the 20th district on Ridgewood Road with her husband, Chan, and their dog, Lizzie.
Learn more about Kate Farrar’s campaign at www.kateforct.com.