Town Election: Most candidates tape ACMi profiles

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Originally Published by Your Arlington ( on April 6, 2020.

UPDATED, April 4: The annual town election in 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 6, and polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless this schedule changes again in the light of the coronavirus.

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ACMi (Arlington Community Media) has published links to interviews with most town election candidates, See them here:

Select Board: Michaiah Healy >>
Select Board: Diane Mahon >>
Select Board: Lenard Diggins >> [Coming, but not yet available]
School Committee: Elizabeth Exton >>
School Committee: Bill Hayner >>
School Committee: Lynette Martyn >>
School Committee: Paul Schlichtman >>
Town Clerk: Patty Sawtelle >>
Town Clerk: Juliana Brazile >>
Town Clerk: Janice Weber: No interview listed
Board of Assessors: Errol Tashjian >>
Board of Assessors: Mary Winstanley O’Connor >>
Housing Authority: Jo Anne Preston >>
Housing Authority: Joe Daly: No interview listed 

Town Meeting candidate statements

Envision Arlington and the League of Women Voters collaborated on a first for Arlington — an online repository for Town Meeting candidate statements. They are available here >>

Candidates’ night was to be held in Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, March 25, but it has been canceled.  

Arlington Officer Placed on Leave After Writing Police Should Meet ‘Violence with Violence’


Originally published by WBUR on October 30, 2018.

The incoming head of an organization representing police officers across Massachusetts has been placed on paid administrative leave in Arlington after he called for officers to meet “violence with violence” and forget about restraint in a series of columns that targeted elected leaders, criminal justice reform and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Read More

Massachusetts Police Organization Suspends Arlington Officer Over Controversial Newsletter


Originally published by WBUR on October 31, 2018.

An Arlington police lieutenant has been suspended from the police lobbying group he was set to lead next year after calling for officers to meet “violence with violence” in the group’s newsletter. The Arlington Police Department had, hours earlier, placed the officer on paid leave over his writings, which he now claims were “satire.” Read More

Arlington’s Use Of Restorative Justice To Discipline Officer Sparks Criticism


Originally Published by WBUR on May 3, 2019.

An Arlington police lieutenant says he’s sorry for inflammatory comments he made in a police newsletter.

Lt. Rick Pedrini has been the talk of the town since October, when he penned several controversial columns calling for officers to “meet violence with violence” and describing criminals as “maggots.” Read More