The following is a joint Letter to the Editor from Arlington residents Joseph A. Curro Jr., a selectman, and Judson L. Pierce and Cindy Starks, both school committee members.
We have all been inundated with wall-to-wall coverage of every political thrust and parry around November's Presidential and Congressional elections. The commencement of nominating conventions over the coming weeks will certainly ratchet up the noise level, even as many of us turn our attention to autumn’s milder pursuits, including the opening of another school year and of the football season.
Against such a backdrop, it can be easy to forget that we are actually coming up to an election on September 6th -- a mere two weeks from now -- and that Democratic primary voters in Arlington face a number of imminent choices. In particular, voters in precincts 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 will have the opportunity to shape the selection of a successor to former Representative (now Senator) Will Brownsberger.
As local municipal officials, we have a deep and abiding interest in seeing that Arlington has strong partners and advocates for our community on Beacon Hill, and that we have a strong voice in the search for greater aid to our community and a reduction in unfunded mandates.
The stakes this year are higher than ever.
Due to recent redistricting measures, Arlington will lose one of its three able state representatives. This makes the choice of a new representative particularly important.
We are proud to support the candidacy of Dave Rogers, who has been running a vigorous campaign for the 24 Middlesex seat. Dave Rogers has a long record of experience in the public and private sectors and a deep grasp of a broad range of issues. He is educated in the fields of economics and the law, and he has worked professionally in the areas of health care reform, environmental protection, biotechnology, energy efficiency, and manufacturing.
All of Dave’s experience will be assets in the State House, but even more important is the strong work ethic that he has demonstrated throughout his campaign. Dave has invested an extraordinary amount of time getting to know the people of Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge, and we are convinced that he would be an effective representative.
Many of you have probably received a knock on your door from Dave. If not, please learn more at his web site, http://rogers4rep.com/.
We encourage all eligible voters to choose Dave Rogers for State Representative on Thursday, September 6th and to confirm this choice this coming November.
Joseph A. Curro, Jr.
Judson L. Pierce