Your 2021 Democrat Candidates

Building a community — together.


Clark Hurlburt

Read Clark’s biography.

Elizabeth Appel

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Lawrence Eisner

• Served five terms as Bethany’s Treasurer (2007-2013; 2015-2019).
• Attorney for 44 Years with a Practice Focused on Business Agreements
• Past President and Board Member of his synagogue
• Past Treasurer and Board Member of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
• Bethany Resident for 22 years

Tax Collector

Frances Doba

  • Bethany Tax Collector – 2017 to present
  • Assistant Tax Collector – 2012-2017
  • Retired from AT&T as Senior Technical Director
  • Graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University with a B.A. in English/Politics
  • Bethany Resident for over 20 years
Board of Finance

Kathleen Barone

  • Financial Analyst – Honeywell Corporation (retired)
  • Reviewed and assisted in preparation of audits
  • Business Owner – Billy ’s Ice Cream (2013-2018)
  • Granddaughter attends Bethany Community School
  • Bethany resident for 19 years

Elizabeth Thornquist

  • Previously served on the Board of Finance
  • Previously served on Board of Assessment Appeals for over 10 Years 
  • Chief Information Officer – ProHealth Physicians
  • Manages multi-million dollar budget
  • President – Bethany Library Association
  • Bethany Resident for over 20 years
Board of Education

Angelo Amato

  • Teacher at Amity High School for 18 years, 6 years as Science Department Chair
  • Educational Leadership Degree, Sacred Heart University; Masters Degree in Science Education, SCSU
  • Previously served on Bethany Board of Education (2019)
  • Two children at Bethany Community School
  • Bethany resident for 15 years

Shannon Lane

  • Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University
  • Served on Bethany Community School’s Strategic Planning Committee
  • Board Member – JCC of Greater New Haven
  • Current, Bethany Deputy Registrar of Voters
  • Two children at Bethany Community School
  • Bethany resident for 5 years
Amity Board of Education

Gordon LeVasseur, Jr.

  • Teacher at Bethany Community School – 19 years
  • Wife (Maria) is a teacher at Bethany Community School 
  • Head of Gifted and Talented Program at Bethany Community School
  • Two children who attended Bethany and Amity Schools
  • 14 year resident of Bethany
  • Designer of board games; ukulele player 
Planning & Zoning

Robert Harrison

  • Current Vice Chair, Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Bethany Land Trust, Board Member
  • Pharmacist
  • Bethany Resident for More Than 30 Years

Alex Hutchinson

  • Current Member, Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Managing Partner – RPM Health
  • Bethany Resident for More Than 30 Years
  • Amity graduate

Steve Thornquist

  • Bethany Selectman – served for 8 years 
  • Pediatric Ophthalmologist for 24 years
  • Past President – CT Medical Society
  • Frequent Moderator at Annual Town Meetings
  • Bethany Resident for more than 20 Years
Planning & Zoning Alternate

Michael Riley

  • Attorney
  • Business Owner –  Sole Owner – Law Firm
  • Weston Zoning Board of Appeals, former Alternate Member
  • Avid Hiker & Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Farmer – chickens, bees, vegetables
Zoning Board of Appeals

Scott Kealey

  • Current Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
  • Director – Seven Angels Children’s Theater
  • 20-Year Career as Regional Theater Actor
  • Teaches After School Acting Classes in Waterbury Elementary Schools
  • Greens Crew – Woodhaven Golf Course

Cynthia Megyola

  • Molecular Biology Researcher – Yale University (17 Years)
  • Published scientific author
  • Past Director of Education at her church
  • Two children in Amity Schools; BCS graduates
  • Bethany resident for 6 years
  • Soon to be proud owner of chickens
Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate

June Riley

  • Retired from Town of Bethany
  • 34 Years – Selectman’s Personal Assistant, Clerk for Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance
  • Volunteer Fireman & Ambulance Corps for 24 years (served as Treasurer and Secretary to Fire Chief)
  • Co-Chair of Bethany 175th Anniversary Committee
  • Member, Bethany Historical Society
Board of Assessment Appeals

Nancy Spagnolo

  • Current Member, Board of Assessment Appeals
  • Executive Research Analyst – Office of the State Treasurer 
  • Previous Deputy Treasurer – Town of Bethany
  • Production Assistant, Woodbridge Government Access TV
  • B.A. in Theater & Media Arts, Marymount College of Fordham University

Gina Teixeira

  • Supervising Attorney – Connecticut Legal Rights Project
  • Former English Teacher
  • Board member and officer, Disability Rights CT
  • American Bar Association James W. Cooper Fellow
  • From Bethany area –Bethany resident almost 7 years

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