They're running. Thursday, Feb. 15, marked the last day to pull papers to run for an open elected position in Arlington. As of publication, three residents are throwing their hats in the ring for two seats on the Board of Selectmen and two residents are vying for two open seats on School Committee.
Kevin Feeley, the incumbent, is running unopposed for a seat on the Board of Assessors.
Candidates for Board of Selectmen
"I am currently chair of the Board of Selectmen, where I have served for the past six years, building on nearly two decades in public office, including as a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 15, School Committee Member and Human Rights Commissioner.
"I represent the Board on the Long-Range Planning Committee and as liaison to the Council on Aging and Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition. I have been an advocate for arts, education, and affordable housing.
"My wife, Lisa Moncevicz, and I own a home in the Stratton School district, where we have raised our two daughters, Savannah and Sierra, who currently attend Arlington High School.
"I hold a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Brandeis University in International Economics and Finance. I work as the director, Digital Development Solutions for the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of the 'New England Journal of Medicine'."
"I am a 32-year resident of Arlington. I grew up in East Arlington and attended the Hardy School, the Ottoson Middle school, and Arlington Catholic High School. I then received an economics degree from Tufts University and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.
"I now live in Arlington Heights with my wife Christine and two boys, Wesley, 4, and Dylan, 2. Professionally, I operate a law office in Arlington Center practicing real estate and zoning law.
"As a husband, a father, a homeowner and a local business owner, I have a vested interest in the town, now, and in the future. Currently, Arlington is facing many important issues. I am running for the Board of Selectman because I believe that I can bring a new perspective to the board during this critical time and to advocate for responsible, long-term solutions to all issues facing our elected officials."
"My campaign theme is 'Arlington for Everyone.'
"We need to ensure that Arlington remains a place where everyone can have their concerns heard and where decision-making is transparent and inclusive. We need to prioritize the needs of residents whose daily lives are impacted by what we do in Town Hall and in the Selectmen's Hearing Room.
"We want Arlington to be the town we cherish and feel welcomed in: babies, kids, families, adults, empty-nesters, seniors; everyone.
"We need to move beyond personalities and relationships and towards a more old-fashioned sense of good government: access to decision makers, efficient management, responsible budgeting, social equality and public service.
"These are simple themes, but their execution will not be. We need to balance each of these ideals with fiscal realities. We need leaders and decision makers with integrity, dedication and experience in town government.
"That's what I promise. That's why I'm running."
Candidates for School Committee
"My wife and I have three children in the town’s schools. I have served on the School Committee since 2003 and am currently the chairperson. I chair the High School Building Committee, which is overseeing the rebuild of AHS in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
"As a member of the School Enrollment Task Force, I worked to convert Gibbs into a new sixth-grade school and helped secure town support to expand the Thompson and Hardy elementary schools. I have worked on debt exclusion and override campaigns and will work to pass both an operating override for town and school needs and a debt exclusion for the high school in the spring of 2019.
"Professionally, I was the head of a high school for low-income students, managed the national scale-up of an educational model for urban youth and currently serve as CEO of a multi-state organization that serves immigrants and refugees."
"I'm a mother of four and I teach statistics online for Southern New Hampshire University. I am an alumnae of Stanford University with a BS and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering. I worked as a math teacher in grades 6-12 and am currently a private math tutor. I’ve been a coach for the Arlington Soccer Club and a parent volunteer with Girl Scouts.
"I am a Town Meeting member and a member of the Gibbs School Parent Advisory Committee. I have served on the Stratton Rebuild Committee, the Stratton Parent Council and as the co-president of the PTO. I was a part of the leadership team on the Build Arlington's Future campaign for Gibbs, Thompson, Minuteman and Arlington High School. I am excited to bring my experience as a teacher and a parent to the School Committee where I will advocate for our students, teachers and schools."