Rogan says she thinks Huntington is on the right track but, if elected, would like to see more programs engaging young people, to revisit the master plan, see efforts to make streets safer for pedestrians and have more environmentally responsible practices throughout the town. She said her time on the school board has given her the knowledge and skill set to work collaboratively with a broad swath of people and bring people to consensus, including administrators, community members and parents. That experience, she said, in combination with her budgeting and collective bargaining experience, will give her the ability to step in and do the job of a town council member from day one. “I have the ability to navigate difficult situations because I’ve already done it with the community in both a boardroom setting and out as a representative of the board,” she said. “While the town board is a much larger constituency in terms of what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years, I’ve already proven to have the ability and confidence of the people who’ve elected me to office four times.”
Rogan, 51, of Huntington, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Green party lines. She is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She has served on the Huntington school board since 2006, including as vice president for two years and as president for four years. Her term ends in 2018. She is married and has two children.