Ira Kaplan is an independent thinker. He believes in solving problems with facts and evidence. He also believes in carefully exploring alternatives, and looking for practical options that will benefit everyone.
His attention to detail, commitment to objectivity, and ability to think beyond partisan lines make him our candidate for Board of Selectmen.
What is a selectman?
The Board of Selectmen is the executive and administrative branch of town government. Its primary charge is to superintend the concerns of the Town.
Easton's board has three selectmen, with regular elections in odd-numbered years.
Didn't we vote on this last year?
Yes, we did.
Adam Dunsby was elected First Selectman, and Robert Lessler and Carrie Colangelo were elected for the other two seats. Ms. Colangelo resigned her seat in April, and Easton citizens successfully petitioned to hold a special election for that seat.
This special election will be held on the same day as the general election, November 6, 2018, and the winner will complete the original term, which ends November of 2019.
Why does this matter?
The Board of Selectmen steers the direction of our town. First Selectman Adam Dunsby has held a Republican majority on this board since 2013 and we have seen no progress around important issues which are debated endlessly, but without resolution.
By electing Ira Kaplan, we will provide a counterbalance and break the inertia that has frustrated our citizens.
Ira Kaplan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Princeton University, where he majored in computer science and graduated magna cum laude. Ira then earned masters degrees from Cornell and NYU. He is a Senior Vice President at General Reinsurance in Stamford CT. He began his career there in 1992, and in 1997 became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Ira and his wife Susan, along with their two children, Jason and Amy, moved to Easton in 1999. Jason and Amy were educated in the public school system, and Susan has served the community as an educator.
Ira has been endorsed by the Democratic Party to run as their nominee for Board of Selectmen.