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More than 60 join campaign gathering for Leone

John D. Leone, 2022

Providing this summary, which contains opinion, was the Committee to Elect John D. Leone.

The committee held a meet-the-candidate gathering at Punjab Restaurant on March 19. Well over 60 supporters, voters and other Arlingtonians, from 25 to 90 years old and all ages in between and of all political persuasions were attendance at this in-person event.

All of the guests were very engaged and everyone had an opportunity to speak with John directly to express their opinions and learn his views on policies and issues facing the town. The response was very encouraging and supportive of John’s run. Overwhelmingly those attending thanked John for running and for having the opportunity to meet him in person.

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Schlichtman announces school-reelection run

Paul Schlichtman, 2023

Paul Schlichtman announces his candidacy for reelection to the School Committee with an invitation to his kickoff, held Sunday, March 5, at the Donut Villa Diner function room, 319 Broadway.

Paul views successful school committee service as contributing to a governing team, where nothing can be achieved without a majority vote. His skills and experience in public school and municipal governance enable him to be an effective contributor to the team.

Paul has served four years on the Minuteman School Committee, and 17 years on the Arlington School Committee. Paul has served in Town Meeting for 27 years.

Paul brings the perspective of a professional educator who has worked primarily in urban districts. He has been an elementary teacher, a high school math teacher, a principal, and a central office administrator.

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Mary O'Connor seeks assessor seat

Paul Schlichtman, 2023

Mary Winstanley O'Connor has announced that she is seeking reelection to the Board of Assessors, a seatr she has held since 2001.

It is my distinct pleasure to continue to serve our community as a member of the Arlington Board of Assessors.

Our three-member board has significant experience and depth -- with William Zagata, a licensed appraiser; Gordon Jamieson, a businessman and community activist; and me, an attorney.

As a board, we are required as a matter of law to assess all real and personal property in our town at full and fair cash value.

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Diggins seeks second term on Select Board

Lenard Diggins, 2023

Lenard Diggins announces his candidacy for reelection to the Select Board in this statement.

Dear Fellow Arlingtonian: My first run for the Select Board made me truly proud of Arlington, because even with all of the ways in which I am considered a minority and atypical politician, I was deemed an "establishment" candidate.

While I’ve never felt any sense of estrangement in Arlington, I realized during that campaign that I was more welcomed to the community and more respected as a part of it than I had appreciated. That said, I definitely have my own perspective on any number of issues, and it is a viewpoint that is unabashedly liberal/progressive.

Sometimes my arguments to protect the minority point of view in the sea of blue that is Arlington can make me seem a bit conservative, but after some dialogue with me, one is quickly disavowed of that notion.

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Career educator announces School Committee run

Jill Krajewski, 2023

Jill Krajewski, who has taken out papers for School Committee, announces her candidacy:

As a career educator, I have sought opportunities to influence educational policy and decision making without leaving what I love doing every day, working with children. As a science teacher, I have an interest in making sure that decisions are data-based.  

For the past 15 years, I have been a union leader in the district where I teach. When I moved to Arlington and had children, I envisioned that someday I would shift my expertise to contribute to the education system in the town where I reside and that I love.  

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Local leaders attend Gitelson campaign kickoff

Jill Krajewski, 2023

Providing this summary is Susan Ryan-Vollmar, who is helping the campaign.

Close to 50 people tuned in via Zoom to School Committee candidate Laura Gitelson’s campaign kick-off event Sunday, Feb. 12.

Attendees included School Committee Chair Liz Exton and committee members Jane Morgan and Kirsi Allison-Ampe, along with Select Board Chair Len Diggins and member Eric Helmuth.

Helmuth introduced Gitelson, recalling that he had first met her in the course of her work as co-chair of Arlington’s Civilian Police Advisory Board Study Committee.

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