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Leone tells why he wants your Select Board vote

John D. Leone, 2022

John Leone, who served at Town Meeting moderator from 2007 until last year, announces his candidacy for Select Board in this statement.

This was not a quick decision, and it was made after several very supportive discussions with my wife, family and friends. I believe that I can bring an energy and a direction of purpose to the Select Board that is sorely needed at this time.

Our town is at a crossroads and the Select Board should be leading us on several important and decisive issues:

  • Hiring a new town manager.  The Select Board is directly responsible for this important task as they are the only board that the town manager is responsible to. 
  • The financial stability of the town and the upcoming override. The larger financial picture in Arlington remains the same: We have a structural deficit that requires overrides every few years in order to maintain current service levels.  The timing and amount of these overrides are important decisions made by the Select Board.
  • A viable housing plan and affordable housing.  We need thoughtful land-use policies that better reflect Arlington’s values and serve residents with a range of incomes, ages, family sizes and needs.  The Select Board should be leading a community dialogue to create common-sense zoning reform that is tailored to Arlington’s specific needs and values.
  • The MBTA and getting what Arlington deserves and pays for: We have lost the Route 79 and the 77 frequencies has been reduced.  
  • Oversight of Department heads and employees: The treasurer’s office has lost multiple employees over the past three years, and the current appointed treasurer is also leaving. The state Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division has issued an order to show cause alleging that a former department director repeatedly violated the conflict-of-interest law.
  • Insisting upon the enforcement of state and local laws, bylaws and zoning and building codes: Town Meeting and several citizen groups has been requesting this for the past few years, and it is up to the Select Boards see that it happens. 
  • The safety of our streets, pedestrians and bicyclists:  There have been several fatalities on Mass. Ave. and one on Chestnut Street within the past three years.  The town has been slow to correct our most dangerous intersections and pedestrian crossings.  Infrastructure repairs are expensive. We need to continue to pursue grant funding, such as Mass Works grants/Chapter 90 funding.  

The combination of my years as Town Meeting member and town moderator and my deep understanding of the way our town government functions and its finances makes me the right choice for Select Board.   

I have been and will continue to be, with your vote for me for Select Board, a listener, a friend and a voice for all residents of Arlington, as we work together to make Arlington the best it can be. I truly believe that together – WE CAN DO BETTER - for the Town of Arlington

I, John D. Leone, ask for your support and vote on April 1 for Select Board.

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This political announcement, which includes opinion, was published Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. It was updated Jan. 26, to add an appeal to candidates.

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