Supporting Healy, Martyn and Preston for election

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 19, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

I am writing to invite you to join me in my enthusiastic support for Michaiah Healy running for Select Board, Lynette Martyn for School Committee and Jo Anne Preston for Arlington Housing Authority Board.

Each candidate brings skill, dedication, integrity and innovation to her respective role. Collectively, they infuse necessary new blood and fresh ideas for our town, which is evolving both because of changing demographics and a changing world. We cannot hearken back to the past or allow any of our citizens to be marginalized. It will leave Arlington a less desirable place to live for all of us.

Healy is currently chair of our town’s Diversity Task Force, demonstrating leadership, commitment and grace. Though a busy mother of three, she dedicates herself to improving the quality of life in Arlington for all of us. She is exactly the kind of leader to bring depth, perspective and fresh ideas to our Select Board. Martyn is a parent of two APS children and a tireless advocate of support for all kids. She particularly has her eye on narrowing achievement gaps between our low income children and non-low income children. We have an academic divide in Arlington that is really unconscionable. Martyn will rally us to address that with tenacity and compassion. Preston is a current Town Meeting member and former professor who has a deep understanding of the housing issues facing our town. As a member of the Arlington Housing Authority Board, she would be a strong, citizen-centered voice for the residents in AHA housing, many of whose voices are often not often sought out even though the decisions of the housing board impact them so directly.

Importantly, Arlington Fights Racism supports these three candidates. AFR is a group of neighbors dedicated to improving the quality of life in Arlington for all of us. Please join me in supporting Michaiah Healy (Select Board), Lynette Martyn (School Committee) and Jo Anne Preston (Housing Authority Board) in these roles where they will help bring about needed change.

— Sarah Glover, Franklin Street