In the coming State Senate special election in the 4th Middlesex, I am with Sean Garballey. I have seen his commitment to foster children, indigent defense, the homeless, the special needs student, the deaf and hard of hearing, and so many other similar groups and individuals. I am warmed by his loyalty, and his great heart. He is true to his roots, to Arlington, and to the district. He did not need to move back into the district because he never left us behind. He was there at my husband’s wake. He was there at Marc’s funeral. And he has mourned with my family and remained a steady support over these difficult years. So many others were gone once Marc died and never checked to see how I, Sam, and Sarah were doing. Sean remained in touch, and a supportive friend in our lives. I could have no better, truer, more honest, and more modest while effective state senator than Sean Garballey. Despite my general loss of faith and confidence in party politics and concerns about the undue class consciousness that I often see among those who call themselves progressives, Sean’s hard work and kind approach to politics are #1 with me. Sean is a good and honest man and I would be glad, even grateful, to have him as my state senator. I have nothing to gain in saying these things except good governance from a true public servant. As to other candidates, it is always good to have multiple qualified candidates whomever they may be. No one owns a seat or the right to represent a district; votes must be earned and Sean has earned mine.