The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and a statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Kristi Sogofsky, Republican incumbent Selectman, submitted the following response.
Profile and Statement
Kristi Sogofsky, a popular selectman since 2018 and active community volunteer, is seeking election to a third term on Easton’s Board of Selectmen. Sogofsky was first appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018 and won in a special election that fall. She won re-election in 2019 and 2021.
Sogofsky plans to continue to bring a unique perspective to the Board, as well as her signature willingness to work with anyone for the betterment of the Easton community.
For Sogofsky, transparency, proactive communications and problem solving will be priority focus areas.
“My role over the past four years has needed be that of a ‘watchdog’ on some issues where the administration has not been as forthcoming with information,” said Sogofsky.
With two children in Easton schools, providing a quality education for all students is critical for Sogofsky. In addition, Sogofsky believes in Putting Easton First through a dedicated, hands-on approach to:
- Land use, oversight, and preservation of Easton’s unique rural character
- Communication and accurate information sharing within Town Hall and with Easton taxpayers.
- Improved oversight of day-to-day town operations
“It’s time to complete the South Park Ave sale, resolve the lease situation with the New England Prayer Center and improve overall management of that property,” said Sogofsky. “Beyond that, there has been a lack of clear communication within Town Hall and with people who interact with the departments. Cohesion and cooperation among town departments is vital, as is consistency in enforcing policies and following agreed-upon procedures.”
Sogofsky has lived in Easton since 2011, with her husband Mark, two children and two dogs. Sogofsky has been a tireless volunteer and advocate for area activities. She volunteers her time to coach girls’ lacrosse and cheer, to support the local Boy Scouts troop and to serve on the Easton PTO Board of Directors. This is in addition to working full time for the Connecticut Association of REALTORS as the Director of Communications, handling video production, media relationships and sponsorships.
Sogofsky grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh and went to college at Syracuse University to study broadcast journalism and psychology. She is well known for working in local TV news for 17 years. Sogofsky’s first job was as a sports reporter in Binghamton, NY while her longest tenure was at News 12 Connecticut where she was an anchor and reporter, often covering the state Capitol.
Sogofsky and her family love to ski and spend winter weekends on the slopes. She is a runner and has completed two half marathons. Sogofsky said part of Easton’s charm is living near so many farms and friends who can garden, since she cannot grow anything.
“I love being in a small, safe, and welcoming community where there are enough people so that you can still meet new friends, but also always have a familiar face in the room. I love to be able to look out my window and enjoy nature yet be within a short drive of busy commercial areas.”