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Resident backs 4, including Martyn, Weber, Preston

Wynelle Evans Orchard Place submitted this letter expressing four endorsements, including Michaiah Healy.

Jo Anne Preston, Housing Authority candidate, 2020Preston

Janice Weber, clerk candidate, 2020Weber

Lynette Martyn, School Committee candidate, 2020 photoMartyn

Thanks to acting clerk Janice Weber, and the other employees in the clerk’s office, I received the early ballot I had requested just before town offices closed and have already voted. Because she oversaw the seamless roll-out of voting by mail, because she has always been able to answer my questions and guide me in the right direction, because of her deep knowledge of the office and because of her ongoing work to modernize procedures, Janice Weber has my vote for town clerk.

Michaiah Healy brings a new perspective to the race for Select Board. She understands that respectful communication between residents and Board members is the foundation for recognizing and addressing the many issues we face. She will work to increase diverse representation on various boards and committees so that all residents have input and also a chance to work for our town; and she will prioritize improved communication between residents and APD. Her relationships with many town officials and leaders of citizen groups, dealing with health, housing, and public safety, plus her skills as a listener, make her a valuable addition to the Select Board.

Lynette Martyn is running for the School Committee, and brings her experience as a teacher, a parent, the communications director for continuing-education programs at Harvard, along with a background in hiring and negotiations. Her connections to the Diversity and Inclusion Groups in our elementary and middle schools and the Superintendent’s Diversity Advisory Committee shows her fresh ideas backed by data analysis and a focus on the needs of underserved students. A broad planner who never forgets that details make or break an initiative, she will bring boundless energy to this role.

Jo Anne Preston is a candidate for the board of the Arlington Housing Authority, which oversees subsidized housing in town. She is well suited to her goal of maintaining and expanding this housing through her expertise in grant writing. Her background in the study of aging and society, as well as her work in tenant advocacy, give her superb tools to serve her constituents. She has developed deep relationships with tenants, and an on-the-ground understanding of their needs. Most importantly, she brings compassion and empathy, and will be a powerful advocate for the needs of AHA tenants.

I hope you will give these candidates your consideration, whether you vote by mail or at the polls on Saturday, June 6.


This letter was published Sunday, May 31, 2020.

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