Mass. Gov. Maura HealeyMassachusetts Governor Maura Tracy Healey

UPDATED Aug. 1: Local residents might soon see the state's top official -- Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey -- around town. According to the Boston Globe, as of Aug. 1 she is one of the newest Arlingtonians, as she is reported to bhave moved into a four-bedroom single-family home built in 1939 to live with her partner of more than two years, attorney Joanna Lydgate of Arlington. 

Healey had recently lived in a rental unit in the Porter Square neighborhood of North Cambridge, according to boston.com, and before that resided in Boston. That article describes how the two women met at work and became friends back in 2010 -- and how things eventually evolved from there.

Local state Rep. Sean Garballey commented on the news Aug. 1 via email: “Gov. Healey has been a friend and a legislative partner for many years, and I welcome her to the town of Arlington. I am excited to for her to become a member of a community that has such a vibrant school system, restaurant scene and rich history.”

The town's top school official sent this message Aug. 1: “On behalf of Arlington Public Schools, I extend a heartfelt welcome to Gov. Healey as she makes Arlington her new home,” said Superintendent Elizabeth Homan. “Her leadership and dedication to public service will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to our students, encouraging them to become active and engaged citizens. We are thrilled and honored to have the governor as a member of our community. We are confident that her residency here will be marked by a warm and supportive community.”

In late July, two other community leaders gave their views.

“Arlington is a wonderful community, and I am sure Gov. Healey will enjoy living in a community full of good neighbors," said Arlington School Committee Vice Chair Paul Schlichtman. "I can only offer the warmest of welcomes, and hope she enjoys living in Arlington as much as we do.”

Said Select Board Chair Eric Helmuth, “I'm delighted to welcome Gov. Healey to our community. She’s terrific. Arlington is a great place to live, and we are very happy she’s here.”

Healey, of course, will not be just any run-of-the-mill neighbor; rather, she is the commonwealth's top official. YourArlington contacted the Arlington Police Department to ask about that perspective; spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn replied as follows:

“The Arlington Police Department is certainly aware that Gov. Healey will be moving into the community on a full-time basis.  As we do with other law enforcement agencies, we partner with the Massachusetts State Police, and, in this case. with their Executive Security Unit, which is tasked with providing the 24/7 security for Gov. Healey.

“That partnership will certainly continue now that the governor will be a resident of the community. The APD looks forward to providing any assistance needed while respecting the privacy of the neighborhood and those who live there.”

Healey was born in Bethesda, Md., in February 1971 and is 52 years old. She grew up the oldest of five siblings in an old farm house in Hampton Falls, N.H., according to her page on the state website. She has spent much of her adult life in eastern Massachusetts, as she earned her bachelor's degree at Harvard and graduated law school at Northeastern. More about her life and career can be read here>>

Immediately previously the state attorney general, she was elected governor Jan. 5, 2023, thus becoming the first female and first openly LGBTQIA+ person to hold this state's highest office. Healey, a Democrat, succeeded Charlie Baker, a Republican, who had held the post for the previous eight years.


July 19, 2022: Arlington Democrats host Gov. Healey, elect Democrats at caucus
 

This article was published July 28, 2023, based on material in The Boston Globe, boston.com and other websites as well as comments from Arlington officials and YourArlington's files. It was updated July 29, to correct the author/editor's error (the home is question is four-bedroom, NOT four-story). It was updated July 31, to provide quotes from the Arlington Police Department concerning awareness of security needs, and updated Aug. 1, with a statement from schools Superintendent Elizabeth Homan and from local state Rep. Sean Garballey.

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