Our Executive Team

West Hartford Republican Town Committee's Executive Commitee is elected annually by WHRTC members

Mark Merritt


Mark is a husband, father of three, community volunteer, and an experienced financial professional. Mark has spent his entire career in the financial services industry leading and managing corporate relationships. 
As a 26 year resident of West Hartford, Mark has always taken pride in giving back as a volunteer coach, an active member of civic and Jewish organizations.

Shawn Daly

Vice Chairman

Shawn Daly knows West Hartford very well from growing up in the town and now residing here with his wife and daughter.  While currently the Head of Retirement Experience and Product Management for MassMutual’s broker/dealer, MML Investor Services, Inc., Shawn is very active in the philanthropic community. 

As a 48 year resident, Shawn is a part of several organizations in Connecticut and West Hartford.

After graduating from Conard High School, Shawn aquired a BA in English from The University of Connecticut and an MBA in Managing in the Global Economy from Excelsior College. 


Ari Shell


Ari Shell has lived in West Hartford since 2006.  He loves living here with his wife Allison and raising their 2 daughters through West Hartford Public Schools.  Ari was recently the treasurer for Lee Gold as he ran a successful campaign for the minority leader of West Hartford Town council

As treasure for RTC, Ari brings his financial background, insurance knowledge and business acumen to support the Republican Town Committee.  Ari intends to be actively involved in helping that the Republican voice is heard and supported in the efforts for greater fiscal responsibility.

Kaye Straw


Kaye has been a West Hartford resident for 25 years after having been recruited from Ohio to teach home economics at Hall High School.  

She holds a B.S. in Education from Ohio University, an MS in Education from the University of Hartford, and an MA from the University of St. Joseph.  

Kaye has been a member of the West Hartford RTC since 1992.

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