Kent pointed to the subdivision of land at EPCAL in Calverton as an issue of high concern for her, adding she wanted to work to market the property better and attract more credible businesses, as well as remove the zoning regulations that allow for homes to be built there. Kent also wants to work on traffic concerns, revise the town’s master plan to provide for more parking in the downtown area and take a closer look at how the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency distributes tax breaks to prospective businesses. “I have a pretty good understanding of the town,” Kent said. “I grew up here, I raised my family here and I work here. The town board should be people within the community, and not necessarily career politicians.”
Kent, 61, of Baiting Hollow, is a lifelong resident of Riverhead who spent 31 years in the Riverhead School District educating children in kindergarten through fourth grade before retiring. She is running on the Democratic ticket for town board. Kent has a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook University. Kent is single and has three children.