Local Democratic Leaders



West Hartford Democrats in ConnecticutOur TOWN COUNCIL and BOARD of EDUCATION members.


Shari Cantor, MAYOR

Mayor Cantor has been in public service since 2004 when she first joined the Town Council. A native of West Hartford, Shari Cantor has been Deputy Mayor since 2012 and Mayor since May 2016. “It’s an honor to serve as mayor to a community as diverse, vibrant, and caring as West Hartford,” said Cantor. “I … Continue reading

Leon Davidoff – Deputy Mayor

Leon Davidoff is now in his sixth Council term. Currently, he chairs the Public Safety Committee, and has served on every Council subcommittee. Davidoff was Chair of the TPZ (planning and zoning) prior to his election to the Council. Davidoff has actively served the community as Newington Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

Beth Kerrigan –West Hartford Town Councilwoman

Deputy Mayor Beth Kerrigan is in her third term on the Town Council.  She is married and has two sons, Fernando and Carlos, who are students at Hall High School. She has a B.S. in … Continue reading

Ben Wenograd – West Hartford Town Councilman

Ben Wenograd is in his third term on Town Council, where he served as chair of Community Planning and Physical Services and on Human Services. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Northeastern University School of Law, as well as Duffy, Sedgwick, and Conard, Wenograd works for the American Federation of Teachers … Continue reading

Liam SweeneyWest Hartford Town Councilman

Liam Sweeney is a lifelong resident of West Hartford. He attended Morley, King Philip, and Hall High School, and was a captain of the Hall High basketball team. Sweeney is a graduate of Temple University. After graduating from Temple, he went on to work for Senator Dodd and other various federal, … Continue reading

Carol Blanks–West Hartford Town Councilwoman

Carol A. Blanks has resided in West Hartford since 1996 with her husband Charles, and three daughters, Channen, a Conard graduate, and Cynthia and Kaye, currently juniors at Conard. … Continue reading




Board of Education Member – Amanda Aronson

Amanda lives in West Hartford with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Nathaniel and Maia. The Aronsons are current members of the Hall High and King Philip Middle School communities and are past Bugbee School parents. Amanda is principal of Aronson Consulting, which supports nonprofit and educational communities with specialized research and needs assessment, strategic planning, marketing, development, and interim staff support.… Continue reading

Board of Education Member – Deb Polun

Deb Polun is a West Hartford resident and school parent whose children attended Aiken, King Philip and Hall High School. Her son, Jordan, is a 2016 Hall High School graduate and a sophomore at University at Albany; daughter, Megan is a Junior at Hall. Deb and her husband Ian, an … Continue reading

Board of Education Member – Lorna Thomas-Farquharson

Lorna Thomas-Farquharson has lived in West Hartford for over 17 years.  She grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA receiving her BA in Psychology.  She completed 2 years of clinical research at Boston University School of Medicine before moving to West … Continue reading

Board of Education Member – Ari Steinberg

Ari originally moved to West Hartford over twenty years ago to complete her internship in child and adolescent clinical psychology at the Institute of Living. Upon completion of her internship, she was pregnant with her first child and her husband and she chose to remain in West Hartford due to the exceptional reputation of the West Hartford public schools and the family friendly environment in the town … Continue reading

Board of Education Member – Sean Passan

A veteran teacher and athletic coach, Sean Passan brings two decades of experience working with students of all backgrounds and abilities.  Sean began his teaching career at Hall High School, before moving to California and teaching at a top-ranked charter school in Pacific Palisades for more than 10 years.  He returned to his home state in 2017, in large part because he believes Connecticut – and West Hartford specifically – is a great place to raise a family. He is currently a teacher at Granby Memorial Middle School.Continue reading