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West Hartford Democrats Invited to Apply for Board of Education Seat

West Hartford Town Hall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Deb Polun has resigned her seat on the Board of Education to join the West Hartford Town Council.

By Ronni Newton

Registered Democrats who are interested in serving on the West Hartford Board of Education are invited to reach out to the Democratic Town Committee, Board Chair Lorna Thomas-Farquharson said.

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor announced last week that Deb Polun, a Democrat who has served on the Board of Education for the past five years, has been nominated for a vacant seat on the Town Council created by the resignation of Adrienne Billings-Smith.

Billings-Smith has accepted a paid position as the town’s equity coordinator, reporting to Executive Director of Equity Advancement Roszena Haskins, which was the reason for her resignation from the Town Council.

Polun officially submitted her resignation from the Board of Education and was thanked for her service by Board members at Tuesday night’s meeting. When Polun is formally appointed to the Town Council seat at the Nov. 9 meeting, her seat on the Board of Education will become vacant.

“The West Hartford Democratic Town Committee is receiving names of individual interested in being appointed to the Board of Education to fill a vacant seat,” Thomas-Farquharson said. “For those interested, please email letters of intent and résumés to [email protected] by Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.”

Under Town Charter, the Board will have 90 days to appoint someone to serve the remainder of her term, but they do not plan to delay the process.

“Deb has been a wonderful partner in supporting our nationally recognized school system,” Thomas-Farquharson said in a statement when Polun was nominated for the Town Council seat. “I am grateful to her for her service on the Board, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”

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