Category: Local Politics

Arlington Election Results

Unofficial results are in from Arlington’s Annual Town Election held Saturday, April 1st.  The lack of major uncontested races meant low turn-out. According to town clerk, Stephanie Lucarelli just under 9 percent of 30-thousand registered voters cast ballots during the snowy day.  That’s down from 15 percent from last years annual town election when there were contests for the Board of Selectman and School Committee. Two precincts saw hotly contested races for town meeting members, precinct 7 in East Arlington and  precinct 15 in the Stratton School neighborhood. Three incumbents in that district were voted out of their seats. Precinct...

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League of Women Voters Candidate’s Night 2017 LIVE

Arlington Community Media, Inc. will be covering the upcoming Candidate’s Night held at Arlington Town Hall by the League of Women Voters LIVE on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 8pm. In advance of Town Elections coming up on April 1, the League of Women Voters chapter in Arlington once again welcomes all those vying for office to their annual Candidates’ Night. ACMi will carry this important event LIVE and will also air it on our Public channel between now and the election. Between this and ACMi’s own Candidate Profiles, you will have all the data you need to make a well-informed decision on Election Day. Find out what you want to know, and don’t forget to vote on April 1! Candidates Night provides the community with an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ qualifications, their character, and their strengths and weaknesses. Town Meeting candidates available from 7:30 to 8 pm; the candidates’ forum starts at 8. Each candidate will present a 2-minute opening speech. After of all the candidates have spoken, they will answer questions presented by the moderator. Cards will be available at the back of Town Hall for you to suggest questions to ask the candidates. The questions presented to the candidates will be selected by a non-partisan, three-member committee of members of the League of Women Voters of Arlington and Vision 2020 in accordance with the...

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Curious about Massachusetts State Ballot Question 2? ACMi presents this debate on Charter School Expansion

  Question 2 on the Massachusetts state ballot this fall concerns the expansion of the number of charter schools, and of students who attend them, in the commonwealth. No question seems to be generating more passion for residents of Arlington and surrounding areas. ACMi is pleased to present a debate on this question. Linda Hanson, an educator in the Arlington Public School system for the past 25 years, argues against Question 2. Julia Mejía, the Director of Families and Community Engagement for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, advocates for its passage. The issue is a complex one, involving matters both...

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ACMi goes LIVE with Panel Discussion: Police and Community

In the wake of the tragic events of the recent past, ACMi is hosting an important event this Thursday, August 4 – a LIVE panel discussion exploring relations between police and the community, especially populations of color. The guest panel includes Arlington’s Chief of Police, Frederick Ryan, and several members of the community who will share their own particular experience and expertise in a respectful but candid exchange of views meant to promote further public conversation. This moderated conversation will look unflinchingly at the complicated and vexing issue of violence perpetrated by and against the police, and will address the broader...

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Special Town Election June 14th

It may not come as news to you that Arlington is facing a number of challenges related to rapidly increasing student enrollments and the state of the facilities in the two high schools that serve the vast majority of our population in the upcoming Special Town Election. On Tuesday, June 14, Arlingtonians will go to the polls to decide Yes or No on three separate questions that ask residents to accept increased taxation to support major projects addressing necessary renovations and expansions in several schools. In an effort to ensure that voters have the most complete picture possible about what is being asked and what is at stake with the three debt exclusion questions, ACMi conducted interviews with various well-informed citizens to flesh out the details for this Special Town Election. You will find links to those included below. QUESTION 1 seeks funding to create additional capacity at the Thompson Elementary School and the Ottoson Middle School to accommodate dramatic growth in student enrollment at both. You can find our interview with Jane Morgan at: http://news.acmi.tv/segments/school-debt-exclusion-question-1/ QUESTION 2 asks voters to approve funding a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design for a proposed rebuild of Arlington High School. You can find our interview with School Committee member Kirsi Allison-Ampe at: http://news.acmi.tv/segments/school-debt-exclusion-question-2/ QUESTION 3 solicits voters to agree to fund Arlington’s allocable share of the bond required to rebuild the Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, which serves to educate more than...

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