A Big Night for West Hartford Democrats

West Hartford Democrats had a big night Tuesday, winning the maximum number of Town Council and Board of Education seats allowed by law. Democrats now control six of nine Town Council seats, and five of seven seats on the Board of Education.

Winners:

Town Council race:
Democrats:
Scott Slifka
Tim Brennan
Shari Cantor
Joe Verrengia
Rob Durbin
Judy Casperson

Republicans:
Denise Hall
Steven Adler
Leon Davidoff.

Board of Education
Democrats Clare Kindall, Elin Katz, Naogan Ma and Republican Lib Brassil Spinella.

Links:
Official Vote Totals (PDF)

Town Council Candidates Prepare for Election Day

We profiled Town Council Candidates Judy Casperson and Denise Berard Hall earlier this summer just before campaign season began.

Both are first time candidates and both work in the banking industry. LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Michael Lurie caught up with Casperson (a Democrat) and Hall (a Republican) to talk about their campaign experience.

Election Day is now only a few days away on November 3rd.

Links:
West Hartford Polling Locations
LocalOnlineNews.TV Profile of Judy Casperson
LocalOnlineNews.TV Profile of Denise Berard Hall
West Hartford Democrats
West Hartford Republicans
Denise Hall’s Website

Board of Education Candidates Sound Off on Racial Imbalance Issue

Connecticut’s racial imbalance statute has become the hottest topic for debate among candidates for West Hartford’s Board of Education.

Charter Oak and Smith schools have been out of compliance with the law for years, and Democratic candidates believe there is no issue now. Republicans believe the law should be challenged through a hired legal council, and it should be addressed immediately.

For more information, be sure to follow the link below to our prior coverage on the racial imbalance issue. There you will also find the full, unedited interviews with West Hartford and Department of Education officials.

Links:
LocalOnlineNews.TV’s prior coverage of this issue
West Hartford Democratic Board of Education Candidates
West Hartford Republicans

West Hartford GOP Questions Board of Education Retreats

The West Hartford Republicans are criticizing Democrats on the Board of Education for holding retreats to discuss policy issues. The meetings in question were held at town hall and open to the public.

We talked with both Democrats and Republicans to get their perspectives on the issue.

Links:
West Hartford Board of Education
West Hartford Democratic Board of Education Candidates
West Hartford Republicans

West Hartford Republicans Nominate Candidates for Municipal Office

The West Hartford Republicans held their nominating caucus last night, nominating a slate of six candidates for Town Council and three for the Board of Education. The slate includes one Board of Education candidate who recently graduated from Conard High School and will turn 18 in October.

Here are the list of Republican candidates:

Town Council
Steve Adler
Justin Clark
Leon Davidoff
Denise Berard Hall
Rob Sisk
Joe Visconti

Board of Education
Ellen Burchill Brassil
Andrew Bannon-Guasp
Lib Spinella

Links:
West Hartford Republicans
LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Complete Election Coverage

West Hartford Democrats Nominate Candidates

New candidates and life-long party members gathered Thursday night for the West Hartford Democratic Town Committee nominating caucus. Democrats nominated a number of candidates for Town Council and the Board of Education, officially kicking off the election season.

Democratic Candidates:

Board of Education:
Elin Katz
Claire Kindall
Naogan Ma

Town Council:
Tim Brennan
Shari Cantor
Judy Casperson
Rob Durbin
Scott Slifka
Joseph Verrengia

Links:
West Hartford Democratic Town Committee

Town Council Candidate Profile: Judy Casperson

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with Judy Casperson

Last week we profiled a Republican running for the West Hartford Town Council. This week we’re profiling Democrat Judy Casperson who is also seeking a Council seat.

Casperson and her husband have lived all over the world, but they chose to settle and raise their family in West Hartford. Casperson is a former Senior Vice President at Bank of America and an active community volunteer. Now she’s running for a seat on the West Hartford Town Council. If she wins on November 3rd she will be the first African American elected to the Council.

Links:
Profile of Republican Denise Hall
LocalOnlineNews.TV profile on the West Hartford Republicans
LocalOnlineNews.TV profile on the West Hartford Democrats

Town Council Candidate Profile: Republican Denise Hall

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with Denise Hall to learn more about the issues she plans to address during the campaign.

The West Hartford Democrats and Republicans will nominate their candidates for the November 3rd election in the next two weeks. Continuing our election coverage, LocalOnlineNews.TV will be profiling two candidates for Town Council – one from each party. As the campaign progresses we will look at how each party plans to address specific issues facing West Hartford.

Our first profile is with Republican Denise Hall who is expected to be nominated at the West Hartford Republican nominating caucus on July 28th. Hall is a community volunteer and a Senior Vice President at Webster Bank in Hartford.

We will profile a Democratic candidate later this week.

Also be sure to catch our earlier stories with the leaders of both parties to hear about their plans for the upcoming election.

Links:
Profile of Democratic Town Council Candidate Judy Casperson
LocalOnlineNews.TV profile on the West Hartford Republicans
LocalOnlineNews.TV profile on the West Hartford Democrats

West Hartford Democrats Prepare for Fall Elections – 6/2/09

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with West Hartford Democratic Chairwoman Ray O’Toole and Mayor Scott Slifka.

Last week we began a series of stories about the upcoming municipal elections, starting with an interview with the Republican Town Committee Chairman. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet met with West Hartford Democratic Chairwoman Rae O’Toole as well as Mayor Scott Slifka today to find out what their election plans are and where they see the party headed locally.

Watch our extended content with the full, uncut interview with O’Toole and Slifka answering questions about education, the contrast between Democrats and Republicans, and their goals for the next two years.

Links:
West Hartford Democrats
Full, Uncut Interview with West Hartford Democrats
West Hartford Republican Town Committee Interview

West Hartford GOP Readies for Fall Elections – 5/28/09

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The West Hartford municipal election isn’t until November, but those running for office are preparing for the campaign ahead. LocalOnlineNews.TV will be meeting with local party officials and candidates to help you learn more about the issues facing West Hartford this election year. Today’s story features West Hartford Republican Town Committee Chairman Justin Clark discussing the GOP’s plans for the fall campaign.

This is the first in a series of reports about local elections 2009. We’ll be profiling the Democrats’ plans for the fall elections in the next several days.

Links:
West Hartford Republican Town Committee
Full, uncut interview with West Hartford GOP Chairman Justin Clark
Interview with the West Hartford Democrats