West Hartford’s Beth Kerrigan announces plan to retire from Town Council at the end of term

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Beth Kerrigan announced Wednesday that following her current term, she will retire and does not plan to seek reelection in West Hartford’s Town Council.

“I am so grateful to the West Hartford voters for giving me the opportunity to serve our community — a town my wife and I chose to raise our family,” Kerrigan said in a news release. “I also thank my colleagues on the council and our dedicated town staff for their time and energy on behalf of West Hartford.”

Kerrigan will be leaving her position after first being elected in 2015 and serving as the deputy mayor from 2017 through 2019.

She was the first openly LGBTQ individual to be elected to the West Hartford Town Council.

Kerrigan and her wife, Jody Mock, were the lead plaintiffs in the 2008 court case that led to the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with Beth over these past six years, and I am grateful for her service, friendship, good humor and authentic voice,” Mayor Shari Cantor said. “Beth is a dedicated public servant and brought her own unique perspective to the council. She has been a strong advocate, responsive to constituents and a champion for human rights.”

Prior to her work on the council, Kerrigan was a West Hartford Housing Authority commissioner who promoted job growth and mixed-use housing in the town.

She also served on the 2018 Governor’s Healthcare Policy Committee.

Jessika Harkay can be reached at jharkay@courant.com.

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