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West Hartford Woman Expresses Interest in 20th District House Seat

Kate Farrar. Photo credit: Cara Pauik (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford resident Kate Farrar said she will consider a run for the 20th House District seat, following the announcement Wednesday that incumbent State Rep. Joe Verrengia will not see re-election.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford resident Kate Farrar expressed her gratitude Wednesday for the years of dedicated service State Rep. Joe Verrengia (D-20th) has provided in the legislature.

Farrar, the executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) and a resident of the 20th district, also expressed some interest in pursuing the seat this fall.

“I am interested and considering running,” Farrar told We-Ha.com Wednesday afternoon. “I will likely announce a decision in the coming week.”

Farrar, a registered Democrat, is a zoning alternate on the West Hartford Town Council and has a lengthy resume of volunteer service.

She has a bachelor’s in political science from UConn and a master’s in public administration from Syracuse, and has worked as a lobbyist, in campaign management, and in several policy development and management roles.

She has been in her current position since July 2016, and previous experience includes vice president of campus leadership programs for the American Association of University Women.

Verrengia, who has represented West Hartford in the 20th District since 2011, announced Wednesday morning that he would not pursue re-election this fall. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Verrengia was a member of the West Hartford Town Council, and in 2016 he retired from the West Hartford Police Department after a 25-year career.

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