Supporting town candidates

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 19, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

Dear Arlington town residents,

Greetings. I write to encourage you to vote for the candidates endorsed by the Arlington Fights Racism slate in the town election. Please see https://www.arlingtonfightsracism.com/elections: Michaiah Heally for Select Board; Jo Anne Preston for Housing Committee; and Lynette Martyn for School Committee. Each of these candidates has demonstrated commitment to working for all residents of Arlington. Their dedication helps ensure our collective voices are heard in decision-making, whether our family has lived here for generations or has recently joined our community. They seek to build upon the best of Arlington’s traditions, as we collectively affirm our national motto, “out of many, one.”

Michaiah Healy, https://www.healyforselectboard.com, Select Board candidate: is co-chair of Arlington’s Envision 2020 Diversity Task Group, and is dedicated to sustaining Arlington as a welcoming place for all. Michaiah engages in problem solving collaboratively and as a facilitator, inviting contrasting perspectives and points of view, and seeking shared understanding and agreement. As ready to listen as to lead, a vote for Michaiah is a vote shared growth and prosperity for all residents.

Jo Anne Preston, Housing Committee candidate: has advocated and worked for fair and affordable housing for all ages in Arlington for more than two decades. She is a hard worker committed to working on behalf of our seniors and lower income residents to ensure comfortable housing is available to all. She will attend to protecting Arlington’s environment in the midst of growth and redevelopment initiatives. Jo Anne diligently collects information to inform her decision-making and listens to contrasting perspectives before proceeding.

Lynette Martyn, Electlynette.com, School Committee candidate: has put in many hours behind the scenes to encourage the voices of families of all backgrounds to participate in important school community discussions about budget, curriculum, teacher recruitment and development, as well as on school and district policies that promote more effective K-12 education for all children. Lynette’s concern for students, teachers, schools and families add a constructive voice to build on past successes in Arlington Public Schools and ensure we become more effective in “raising the floor” of academic success for those students and families whom we collectively must serve better in our public schools. I encourage folks to support Lynette’s candidacy.

These three candidates from the Arlington Fights Racism initiative are committed to collaborative and inclusive decision-making to benefit all town residents. As we move through this 21st century, we need stewards of town resources who work to ensure multigenerational and new members of our community are heard and respected. We need consistent professional development for town employees and information for families that promotes cultural competency, transparency, and gives everyone the best chance to succeed. Whether your key concerns are town operations, housing, and/or increasing the effectiveness of our schools for all children, please join in supporting Michaiah, Jo Anne and Lynette for the future growth of Arlington.

— Ben Moynihan, Plymouth Street