Michaiah Healy for Select Board

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 19, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

I’m delighted to support Michaiah Healy for Select Board in the Town election on April 4. My social and racial justice work is no secret in Arlington. And I firmly believe that a townwide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is exactly the medicine we need right now as Arlington Police and Human Rights Commission are reporting a sharp rise in hate crimes, hate speech and harassment for our most marginalized communities. As a proud gay man and joyful Papa of a multicultural family, I can tell you that life for communities of color, refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as religious minorities and LGBTQ+ folks has never been more challenging.

Michaiah’s election as the first woman of color in our town’s history should be reason enough to support her. But Michaiah is truly exceptional beyond any label or category. I’ve observed her thoughtful and collaborative leadership as chair of our Diversity Task Group where she has created safe space and conversations for innovative and effective programs in diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. Michaiah’s work in Arlington has been built on the idea that we are stronger together when all voices are heard and valued. And she cares deeply about how we govern, and how we treat each other. Michaiah is committed to promoting an atmosphere of respect by adhering to a code of kindness and equity in our public processes and conversations as well as in our personal interactions. May we have more of this please?

And Michaiah has all of the necessary ingredients for intelligent, effective and inclusive leadership on Select Board — she has worked as a pastor, community organizer and now as a Disability Advocate. With B.A. in biological psychology from Tufts and M.A. in counseling with a concentration in mental health from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Michaiah has the well-developed soft skills in human relations and community building so lacking now in town government.

And it should not go unnoticed that she is a super loving Mom, devoted friend, respected colleague, sought after collaborator, disciplined team member and one of the kindest and most delightful humans one could ever encounter.

Arlington will be extremely well served by Michaiah Healy — please give her one of your two votes for Select Board on April 4.

— Chris DiMeo, Park Avenue