Christa Kelleher and Greg Dennis

In a presidential election year with so much at stake for the nation, we should not forget that local neighborhoods and communities are the building blocks of our democracy. Municipal government is at its best when it encourages residents to come together and address issues in a transparent, collaborative, and inclusive manner. It follows that electing leaders who prioritize civic engagement is vital to solving thorny local issues and strengthening communities.

It is for this reason, among others, that we support Len Diggins for Arlington Select Board. Len has the values, experience, and vision to motivate Arlington residents to become more connected to our town. He will work hard to create innovative ways to engage all of Arlington’s residents to learn about what matters to them, as he has in the past. In his volunteer role at Arlington Community Media, Len has applied his skills in media and technology to inform our community about town government. He also played a big role coordinating many of the town precinct meetings held last year across Arlington, which functioned to both educate residents about Town Meeting and facilitate dialogue at the neighborhood level.

Arlington has many significant issues to tackle in the coming years, such as the need for affordable and inclusive housing options, livable and sustainable ways of getting around, and regional solutions to our climate crisis. Len understands that resolving these will require bringing residents with different viewpoints to the table to identify the points of divergence and find common ground. As a Select Board member, Len’s inclusive and welcoming approach to problem solving will serve our town well. We enthusiastically support his candidacy and encourage you to cast a vote for Len Diggins at our town election on Saturday, April 4th.