Arlington Fights Racism endorses candidates

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 9, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

I’m writing to ask Arlington residents to please support the slate of candidates endorsed by Arlington Fights Racism in the upcoming election.  Please see https://www.arlingtonfightsracism.com/elections/ for the list of candidates. This is a group of creative, committed people, ready to bring fresh approaches to some of the complex issues facing our town. These issues include how to keep Arlington welcoming to all, by encouraging diversity, protecting our most vulnerable residents, and creating affordable housing options for newcomers and downsizers.  We also need to strengthen our climate resiliency; encourage transparency in our Town government; and make sure that residents’ voices are heard and respected.

This slate of candidates will listen and respond to those voices, and work collaboratively at all levels in town.  Michaiah Healey, candidate for Select Board, has chaired the Diversity Task Force with sensitivity and shown strong leadership when bringing concerns to town leaders.  She will bring input to the Board that is inclusive and citizen-focused. Jo Anne Preston, candidate for Housing Authority, will bring deep knowledge of the housing issues facing the town, through her outreach to those most impacted by housing decisions, and too often ignored.  Lynette Martyn, candidate for School Committee, has a strong track record of leadership on issues related to our schools, and is a coalition builder and creative problem-solver, with a focus on inclusion in our schools. The Town Meeting Member candidates will bring new perspectives to their roles and prioritize the concerns of residents.

This slate of candidates is committed to being the voice of change and inclusion. Please give them your vote on April 4.

Thank you,

Wynelle Evans, Orchard Place