Healy for Select Board

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 19, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

I am writing to express my enthusiastic endorsement for Michaiah Healy for Select Board.

While I appreciate the decades-long service of incumbent Diane Mahon, I do believe it is time to elect fresh faces — and perspectives — to our board in order to reflect Arlington’s changing demographics and its evolving needs as a municipality.

It is time to have more elected officials who are widely available and open to listening to Arlington’s residents. Healy has demonstrated this quality in her work with the Diversity Taskforce Group and in her willingness to meet with and promote residents’ efforts towards increasing inclusivity in Arlington. Healy’s reputation as someone who is open to meeting with people one-on-one and learning about them and their needs and concerns is well-known to those who work on diversity issues in Arlington.

As the chair of Arlington’s Diversity Taskforce Group, Healy has brought an even-tempered mindfulness to her role. She has been proactive in recruiting new members and in ensuring the task force functions as a group that concretely advocates for more equitable policies here in Arlington. Under her tenure, the task force has promoted solid efforts to make Arlington a more inclusive town for its residents. In addition to this work, Healy brings to the table her experience as a mother of young children, as a pastor, and as a disability advocate with the Disability Policy Consortium.

Accessibility is a critical quality for any elected representative in earning my vote. If Michaiah Healy is elected, I have no doubt that Arlington will benefit greatly from this and other qualities she has already demonstrated in her endeavors to further the quality of life for all Arlington residents.

— Montserrat Zuckerman, Gay Street