West Hartford voters deciding between four parties

View of West Hartford Town Hall in West Hartford, Conn., on Thursday Jan. 7, 2020.

WEST HARTFORD — Voters will have their choice between candidates from four different parties on Nov. 2.

Across the board, a total of 14 candidates from the four parties are running for town council, with a 15th petitioning candidate also on the ballot.

The election became more crowded this year after a group of former Republicans left the party to form the A Connecticut Party, giving voters in West Hartford the choice between the left, right and center of politics.

Incumbent Lee Gold, Mark Merritt, Rick Bush and Roni Rodman are all running for the town council as the A Connecticut Party, which is a revival of the independent party created by former Gov. Lowell Weicker in 1990. Ross Jacobs is running with the party for the Board of Education.

The Democratic slate for town council includes Mayor Shari Cantor, Deputy Mayor Leon Davidoff, incumbents Ben Wenograd, Carol Blanks and Liam Sweeney as well as newcomer Adrienne Billings-Smith.

The Republican slate for town council has four candidates, including incumbent Mary Fay, Board of Education member Mark Zydanowicz and Alberto Cortes.

Also running for town council representing the Libertarian party is David deHaas. Petitioning candidate Aaron Sarwar is also on the ballot.

In all, 15 people are facing off for the nine available town council seats.

The Board of Education race is less crowded, with five candidates across three parties running for full term positions. One candidate, Jason Chang of the Democrats, is running to fill a two year vacancy.

The Democrats are running a slate of current board of education chair Debra Polun, Lorna Thomas-Farquharson and Clare Taylor Neseralla.

The Republicans have a lone candidate in Gayle Harris. A Connecticut Party is also running a sole candidate in Ross Jacobs.

Election Day is on Nov. 2. West Hartford voters can visit the town website to determine their polling location.

Connecticut Media Group