Meet Our Candidates for Local Office & Vote on Nov. 7, 2017
Chris is currently serving his second term on the Town Council and is seeking re-election. He and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in West Hartford for over 20 years and have 3 daughters – Emma, Clara, and Mary Charlotte.
He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and a masters in law degree in Insurance Law from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is currently a partner with the law firm of Reardon Scanlon Vodola Barnes LLP in West Hartford.
Chris has been honored to serve on the Town Council for the last 2 years where he served on the Finance & Budget Committee, the Public Safety Committee and the Education Liason Committee.
Chris was raised in West Hartford. He now resides on Fern Street with his wife Holly and their two children: Lilia and Joey. Chris graduated from Conard High School in 2001. He then attended Loyola College and Quinnipiac University School of Law. He now works as a lawyer in town with the law firm of Conway Stoughton, LLC.
Ryan grew up in West Hartford, graduating from Conard High in 1995 (his parents also went to Conard). He attended George Washington University for his BA in International Affairs, and earned his MBA from Babson College in 2008. After working for General Electric in Connecticut, Texas, Ohio, and California, Ryan returned to West Hartford in 2012. He and his wife Audrey live in their “forever home” with their two dogs, Harp and Guinness.
Ryan is the GM Sales & Business Development for Doosan Fuel Cell America, which manufactures Class I renewable energy systems in South Windsor. Ryan currently serves on the WH Conservation and Environment Commission
Mary M. Fay, a resident of West Hartford for 15 years, is a Financial Services Senior Executive. She has held several senior business leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Sun Life Financial, where she also chaired diversity and inclusion employee resource groups and served on Sun Life boards.
Mary has also been Senior Vice President of GE Capital, and Senior Vice President of ING and held executive positions at Travelers, Hartford HealthCare, The Hartford and AIG.
Mary was raised in East Hartford and attended public schools. She went on to graduate from Skidmore College, with a B.S. In business/accounting and a minor in government. She played basketball and started the women's softball team at Skidmore. Mary earned an M.B.A. From Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Julie Krug grew up in West Hartford attending Morley and Bugbee Elementary Schools, King Phillip Middle School, and graduated from Hall High in 1992. Ms. Krug holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Bay Path University. She is the Director of Insurance and Risk Management for Sunrise Communities, a social service organization. Julie resides in the Norfelt neighborhood with her husband, Jonathan Kaplan, and their dogs.
Julie has been involved with the Junior League of Hartford since 2006 serving various leadership roles including the Presidency from 2015-2016; she continues to be a Board Member. She is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Intensive Education Academy, a small special education school located in West Hartford, and has been a Board Member since 2010.
Board of Education
Jay Sarzen is running for re-election to the West Hartford Board of Education. Jay has served on the Board since December of 2012 and assumed the role of Republican Financial Examiner shortly after he was seated.
Jay has been a strong advocate for all West Hartford citizens on a variety of matters. In his nearly five years on the Board, Jay has been a strong proponent for key metrics that identify the District’s successes and areas for improvement, as well as for a series of metrics that gauge how well the District prepares students for post-high school educational or vocational life.
Board of Education
Robert Levine is the Republican party endorsed candidate for the board of education in the town of West Hartford. His wife, Gayle, has taught in town for 15 years and he has been a small business owner of Hart Real Estate for 7 years, with an office in West Hartford Center. He has three children, Jack, Cameron, and Katie with two dogs Benjy and Jedi. He is currently serving as the vice president on the board of directors for the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors. He also serves on the West Hartford Board of Assessment Appeals.
Robert’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.