Cate Rogers

    Cate Rogers, a full-time resident of Springs since 2002, grew up on Great South Bay and saw that once-productive body of water fall apart. She got to know the South Fork in the 1960s with her parents, who kept a boat in Sag Harbor.

    She is making her first run for town trustee after serving on the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals from 2004 to 2010. As a member of the Z.B.A., she said in an interview this week, she learned how things were done in town government. She cited the day-to-day permit review on that board as valuable experience she could bring to the new post.

    Ms. Rogers, who is running as a Democrat with Working Families backing, ran her family’s business, a 7,500-seat arena in Commack, before moving to the South Fork. “It’s just a feeling that this is where you belong. It’s a special place to me,” she said. “That’s one reaso