CANDIDATES

2021 Candidates

Jeff Parker

First Selectman (2-year term)

Jeff is excited to seek election as Easton’s First Selectman. Jeff has been serving the town of Easton for more than a decade and is excited to be running for First Selectman. As former Chairperson of the Easton Board of Education and a retired business professional, Jeff understands that effectively managing our local government requires a full-time commitment. He is prepared to give the position of First Selectman, and the people of Easton, his undivided attention.

Jeff’s family heritage in Easton can be traced back almost 150 years. Having spent his childhood summers at his grandparents’ dairy farm on Sport Hill Road, Jeff understands the unique character and appeal of our town. His late wife, Joan Parker, a beloved Easton educator, was principal of Helen Keller Middle School at the time of her passing. Their two adult daughters went through the Easton school system. 

Carrying on his late wife’s legacy, Jeff has served on the Easton Board of Education since 2011, and as its chairperson for seven years. He and his wife Diane, a retired nurse and member of Easton’s Commission for the Aging, enjoy spending time with their family. Jeff is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Kristi Sogofsky

Selectman (2-year term)

Kristi is seeking reelection as Easton Selectman, a position in which she has served since 2018. A television journalist and communications professional by trade, Kristi is a very active local volunteer, including having served as co-president of the Easton PTO for Samuel Staples Elementary School, as well as chairman of the Easton Public Library Board of Trustees and the Easton Library Building Committee. 11-year residents of Easton, Kristi and her husband, Mark, have two children who attend Samuel Staples. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Christine Halloran

Town Clerk (2-year term)

As Town Clerk since 2013, Christine and her department are committed to providing superior customer service and improving public access to documents and records. She has achieved the professional designations of Certified Connecticut Town Clerk and Certified Municipal Clerk and serves in volunteer leadership positions for several town clerk organizations. She is also an active volunteer with many local organizations, including National Charity League and the Community Assets Network (CAN) at Joel Barlow High School. Christine and her husband, Rich, have lived in Easton since 2008 and their three children are in the local public school system. Before moving to the East Coast and entering public service, Christine was the executive director of Special Children’s Charities, the fund-raising arm of Special Olympics in Chicago. Christine holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Pepperdine University.

Christine Calvert

Treasurer (2-year term)

Christine is seeking election to a second consecutive term as Town Treasurer, a position she also held from 2011-2012, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy as Tax Collector. She was elected to two terms as Tax Collector, serving from 2012-2016, when she was hired to fill the newly-created position of Easton Director of Finance.

Before entering public service, Christine was controller of Oceana Petrochemicals, an international commodities trading firm, for 11 years. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in business administration and accounting, Christine holds master’s degrees in both finance and accounting from Adelphi University. She and her husband, Shannon, have lived in Easton since 1998 and have three children who all went through Easton’s  public schools. She is an active community volunteer, dedicating much of her free time to Easton AYSO, Easton Girl Scouts and the Easton PTO.

Krista Kot

Tax Collector (2-year term)

Krista is seeking reelection to Tax Collector, the position in which she has served since July 2016. She has completed all of the requirements necessary to receive title of Certified Connecticut Municipal Collector. Krista’s experience includes other roles in Town Hall, including secretary for the Conservation Commission and Republican Registrar of Voters. Krista, a Joel Barlow graduate herself, and her family moved to Easton in 1988. Her four young adult children all attended Easton schools.

Todd Johnston

Region 9 Board of Ed (4-year term)

Todd has served on the Region 9 Board since 2011 and has been the chair for the past two years. He is a Director in the Cloud and Digital Consulting Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Todd currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Samuel Staples Free School Fund and Joel Barlow Scholarship Fund and has served on the Boards for the Easton Learning Foundation (ELF), the Beardsley Zoo, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. Todd and his wife, Joelle, a local pre-school teacher, have lived in Easton for over 13 years. Their two older children recently graduated from Joel Barlow and the younger two attend Helen Keller Middle School. Todd holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University.

Kathy Thompson

Region 9 Board of Ed (4-year term)

Kathy wants to serve on the ER9 Board of Education because she believes in the power  of a great education for every student. She looks to continue building upon and energizing our great schools by supporting students and staff. A long-time active volunteer for Easton’s youth and schools, Kathy currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Easton Learning Foundation.

Following a professional career in advertising, marketing and brand innovation, she now consults for clients ranging from global brands to small educational institutions. A Connecticut native and product of its public schools, Kathy is a graduate of Duke University. She and her husband are 20 plus year Easton residents. Their two children attend Helen Keller Middle School and Joel Barlow High School.

Jenny Chieda

Board of Education (6-year term)

Jenny has been a dedicated member of the Easton Board of Education for six years. She is a strong supporter of students, staff and families, and a responsible steward of Easton’s resources. With over two decades of experience as a science educator, she brings a deep understanding of public school excellence to the board. An Easton native, mother and teacher, Jenny is invested in giving back to the community, and strives to provide the highest quality education possible for every Easton student and generations to come.

Jenny, and her husband, Drew, made Easton their family home in 2013 and their two children attend Samuel Staples. Jenny holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Connecticut secondary teaching certification.

Michael Ring

Board of Finance (6 year term)

Mike is running for a first term on the Board of Finance. His goal is to ensure a budget that is fiscally responsible while continuing to provide a high level of services to Easton residents. 

He is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Seaport Global Asset Management, with expertise in finance, accounting, compliance, and investment operations. Mike and his wife, Kiersten, have one son who attends Helen Keller Middle School. The family has been Easton residents for 12 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts holds a Master’s in Accounting from St. John’s University.

Wendy Bowditch

Board of Finance (2-year term)

Wendy served as Easton treasurer from 2012-2019, providing her with in-depth knowledge of the town’s finances and $43.8 million annual operating budget. Her experience with Easton’s operations and governance is also broad, including knowledge of all town departments and personnel, as well as Easton’s many volunteer boards and commissions. As Treasurer, her duties included managing the town’s cash investments, overseeing purchasing and transactions and supervising bonding activity. She also previously served for 12 years on the Easton Insurance Commission, seven of those as its chairman.

Wendy is retired from her career as a finance professional, after more than 30 years of experience as an institutional money market broker. She holds a business degree from West Chester University. Wendy and her husband, Peter, are 30 plus-year Easton residents.

Victor George

Zoning Board of Appeals (6-year term)

Victor George, a 62 year resident of Easton is seeking his 7th term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. An Easton native, he was a member of Joel Barlow High School’s first graduating class in 1961. Victor received an accounting degrees from both Champlain College and the University of Bridgeport and pursued graduate studies at the University of Vermont and the University of Bridgeport. He has been an active member of the Easton Exchange Club since 1974.

Raymond Ganim

Zoning Board of Appeals (6-year term)

Ray has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 1995, in both elected and appointed positions. He has vast experience reviewing, analyzing, and opining on applications presented to the board as they pertain to interpreting the Easton Zoning Regulations. Raymond currently serves as Chairman of the Board having previously served as its vice chairman. He is a practicing attorney, managing his own law practice in Stratford. Ray has lived in Easton since 1972. A product of the Easton school system, he holds degrees from Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Ray and his wife, Karen, are parents to a daughter who attends Joel Barlow High School.

Shari Pearlman 

Library Board

Shari is seeking re-election to the Library Board after serving over two years on the Board. She is an attorney who specializes in civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense, Shari and her husband, Scott, have lived in Easton since 2010. Their daughter attends Samuel Staples Elementary School, where Shari is an active PTO volunteer.

Adam Bonoff

Board of Assessment Appeals (6-year term)

Adam is running for a third term, having served as chairman for the past four years. Professionally, he spent most of his career in financial sales. For the last 18 years he has managed his personal real estate investments in other Connecticut towns and cities full-time. He previously was an elected zoning commissioner in Stratford. Adam and his wife, Allison, have a daughter who attend Helen Keller Middle School.

Constables (2-year terms):

Anthony Farmer

Darrin Silhavy

Chris Peritore

Raymond Martin III

All four candidates are dedicated to our community and committed to its preservation and security.