Meet the
2019 Democrats for Coventry Town Council


Carolyn Arabolos

      Carolyn Arabolos and her husband Greg, a retired Hartford firefighter, have lived in Coventry since 2006. In seeking a second term on the Coventry Town Council where she chairs the Finance Committee, Carolyn looks forward to building on the successes of the past two years in service to the Town. Carolyn works for PayFlex Systems USA as Head of Core Operations and Continuous Improvement where she has responsibility for funding and business operations. Carolyn manages $2 Billion in funds on deposit, leverages best practices, and seeks to continuously optimize the business. Throughout her career, Carolyn has established a reputation for quickly bringing issues to resolution, collaborating with key stakeholders, and focusing on inclusiveness and development.She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Joseph College, an M.A. from The Graduate Institute, and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Patten University.

      I look forward to continuing the fiscally responsible governance that has allowed us to achieve so much at low cost during the past two years.”



Lisa Conant


     Lisa Conant has lived in Coventry for more than 25 years, and both her children were educated in the Coventry schools.  She attends the First Congregational Church. Lisa is currently serving her first term and is the Town Council’s Vice Chairwoman. She is a UCONN graduate and has spent her career in the non-profit and public sectors, including six years working for the Town of Manchester, CT, two years with the Manchester Board of Education, and currently with UCONN’s Office of the Vice President for Research. She has more than 27 years of experience as a grants and contracts manager, administrator and writer, and has an extensive background in related regulatory compliance, editing and analysis. In addition to her current role in reviewing and assisting with scientific research proposals, Lisa’s professional career has included developing and getting funding for diverse programs and public services. She also served on the Lutz Children’s Museum Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Early Learning Center.

     “I am running for reelection because I love Coventry, and am excited about the opportunity to continue putting our community first. I am incredibly proud of the many accomplishments that I and my fellow Democratic leaders have been able to achieve in Coventry during the past two years”



Jonathan Hand


     Jon Hand has lived in his beloved Coventry since birth.  He is currently serving his first term on the Town Council and chairs the Steering Committee.  Jon and his wife, Allyson, have two young daughters so education is very important to him.   He grew up in the village of South Coventry and moved to the North End about 17 years ago. Jon is a product of the Coventry Public School system where he was an active member of the CHS Concert Band and CHS Jazz Band. He learned, performed, and taught lessons at the Richard Risley Dance Studio for 25 years. He is a UConn graduate, where he earned his degree in Economics. As a member of the UConn Marching Band and the UConn Pep Band.  Jon was active in Coventry Volunteer Fire Assn. in his teenage years, in both firefighting and emergency medical response. His mother, Taffi Spencer,  worked as a dispatcher for the Coventry Police Department, and through her he learned about the services they provide and gained an appreciation for how they operate.

     In his professional life as a state government analyst at the Department of Labor, he works with state and local labor market information and has honed various technical and troubleshooting skills help when making decisions for our town.

     “I'm running for re-election to the Town Council to continue to guide our town forward on its journey toward progress and prosperity, without losing its charm and character.”

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Sandye Simon

     Sandye Simon has lived in Coventry for 23 years with her husband Eric and two sons. Both of her children were educated in the Coventry schools. Over the past 23 years they have managed their small business in town, Simon and Simon Tilemaster. Sandye has an undergraduate degree in education from Boston University as well as a Masters and Sixth Year Degree from UCONN. Sandye retired from the field of education after 33 years. During her tenure in education she served as a teacher, assistant principal, special education director and principal. From 1996 to 2000 Sandye was proud to serve as the assistant principal at Coventry High School. She is currently working part time as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for Eastern Connecticut State University. As a school administrator Sandye worked closely with children and parents, wrote grants, developed responsible school budgets, scheduled classes, and developed school safety plans. Currently Sandye volunteers at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for the Frogmen Volunteers (giving children a SCUBA experience), as well as their horseback riding program. Having a love of sewing and quilting she has donated many pillowcases and quilts to the camp.

     “I am running for Town Council because I feel it is important to give back to the community and because I bring experience in education administration to Town Council decisions that impact our Board of Education.”



Lisa Thomas

     Lisa Thomas and her husband Eric have lived in Coventry since 1988. Lisa was previously elected to 5 terms on the Town Council, serving as Steering Committee Chairwoman and as Town Council Chairwoman. Lisa is just completing a term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Coventry Public Schools played a critical role in the ongoing success of her two adult daughters, Emma and Olivia. Lisa is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Connecticut School of Law where she focussed on education and civil rights law. She is entering her 35th year as a public school teacher. Her commitment to Democratic values includes her current position as Democratic State Party Committeewoman for the 35th Senate District. Lisa is a fierce advocate for the Town of Coventry, including its children and its natural resources. She established the Future Problem Solving Program in the Coventry schools and her C.L.E.A.N. Team was responsible for the creation of the Coventry Lake Advisory and Monitoring Committee.

     “I am running for Town Council to continue to be a voice for the future of Coventry’s residents and natural resources.”