Easton, CT, July 23 — The Easton Democratic Caucus has nominated Ira Kaplan as the Democratic candidate for the Easton Board of Selectman. The nineteen Easton electors voted unanimously on Monday night at the Easton Senior Center.
“You have my full commitment that, if elected, I will work hard, listen hard, and do my homework to make fair and thoughtful decisions that serve the interests of our town,” Kaplan promised in his acceptance speech. “I will seek to understand the facts of real world problems, explore the options, and analyze them to arrive at the best solution, irrespective of political considerations. While my convictions are strong, I will always discuss and debate respectfully and put aside differences in working towards common goals.”
Kaplan, a graduate of Princeton University with masters degrees from Cornell and NYU, is Senior Vice President and Technical Leader for Pricing at General Reinsurance in Stamford. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Easton Democratic Town Committee and is an active leader in his synagogue. Kaplan and his wife, Sue, Principal of Helen Keller Middle School, have lived in Easton for 19 years. Their grown children, Jason and Amy, attended Easton schools.
A successful bipartisan petition effort forced this special election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. The vote will coincide with the general election on November 6, 2018.
The Easton Board of Selectmen is the executive and administrative branch of town government. The three members may include no more than two members of the same political party. Kaplan’s election would provide a Democratic majority for the first time since 2005, as he completes the term ending in November 2019.