Commentary: Jeff Parker — Why I’m Running

Easton is at a crossroads. Challenges from beyond our borders are dividing us as a community. We need a new focus that puts Easton First.

My family’s Easton roots date back generations. I returned in 1994 with my wife, Joan, and our two school-aged daughters. Joan’s career as principal of HKMS inspired me to run for the Board of Education after
she passed in 2010. I have served continuously on the board since 2011, and as chairman from 2013-20. In 2019, I married an old friend from Stamford named Diane Tornatore.

My 42-year professional career was in the sale and marketing of school recognition products, primarily with Herff Jones. At the conclusion of my career in 2015, I was responsible for 75 sales offices and more than 100 field representatives covering 32 states. The skills I developed that are particularly relevant to the role of first selectman include consensus building, relationship management, personnel management and fiscal
accountability.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a community and focus on what’s right for our town. We need to put Easton First.

Jeff Parker

Candidate for Easton First Selectman

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